[extropy-chat] The Bible Belt Paradox
mbb386 at main.nc.us
Tue Jan 16 17:44:28 UTC 2007
> I just put up an extended version of my analysis on my blog,
> so you can actually see the GSS results and check them. I also added an
> analysis of how fearful they were, and it supports my hypothesis that the
> fundamentalism-crime correlation is caused by fundamentalism being a
> coping mechanism towards a dangerous environment.
That was interesting, Anders! :)
Like all such surveys, though, I have questions. When I think about how secure and
safe I am in my home or whether there are places I would not walk alone at night, I
am forced to answer in a way I think you do not mean.
I am afraid of forest fire here - and of trees falling in storms. This makes me feel
insecure in my home rather often. :(
I do not walk outdoors much at night, there are coyotes, bears, feral dogs, and
venomous snakes here. Not to mention rabies in the raccoon population, IIUC.
I've had a traffic ticket for "incomplete stop at a stop sign" - 35 years ago, so
I'd have to say yes, I've had a ticket. Yet I consider myself to be law abiding.
Considering that many of the fundamentalist communities are rather tight-knit, I
wonder what kind of overlap one has in these "murder" numbers? I mean, if a church
family was killed, then everybody in that congregation and probably several
neighboring ones knows the same family.
I've not ever designed a survey, though, and perhaps this kind of thing is somehow
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