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joe72's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by joe72

I'm a Brit living in the US, and find it amazing how much religion creeps into daily life – despite the secular laws of the land. I regularly see people reading the bible on my commuter bus, from a typical suburb in NY.

One factor I think the author doesn’t cover is immigration. The US population is immigrant based. Historically, some of these immigrants have been displaced based on their religion. Think of communist Russia and Eastern Europe, Christians from the Middle East etc… I think this will have a cultural and behavioral impact. Further still, if we can explain dependency on religion through genes, then this is going to bias the gene pool in largely immigrant based populations.

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:29:00 UTC | #342113