[extropy-chat] The Bible Belt Paradox
thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Jan 15 17:38:41 UTC 2007
At 11:15 AM 1/15/2007 -0500, gts wrote:
>red states, especially in the deep south, have lower per capita
>incomes (and higher poverty rates too, if I remember correctly) than blue
>states. So the higher crime rates in red states may be better explained by
>ordinary economic factors than by factors relating to religion....
>[and] perhaps higher crime rates are a cause of higher
>religiosity, not the other way around.
Given that internal migration within the States is not difficult if
you have the money and get-up-and-go to get up and go, I expect
there's been a slow, steady attrition of talent, intelligence,
impulse control and imagination from the "red" to the "blue" regions
(roughly speaking). Smart people are less likely to adhere to
bible-thumping, and less likely to get into violent mischief of a
personal order--but once you arrive at the WoMD scale, I think
there'd be fewer godbotherers among the nuclearti and weapons-grade hackers.
Just a hunch.
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