Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Who Funds this Research?

A recent study at the University of Wales reveals that people who believe in God tend to be superstitious. Really! What brilliant insight will they come up with next? That ducks like water, or that most people in France speak French?

Honestly, I would like to know what kind of people fund this sort of 'research'. Do you have to be a member of the International Tautological Society to even apply for a grant? Maybe it is the same people who funded this brilliant research that reveals older people have longer life expectancy.

I can think of so many ways to better disburse research grants. Using preorder checking to compare semantics of Kripke structures comes to mind. But I digress.

[Links courtesy Jesus and Mo, and Peter Rhode.]

7 Comments:

At August 9, 2006 at 1:52 PM, Blogger Sarat said...

It's amazing how so many of these so called "research" gems come out of the UK and very very rarely from anywhere else.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 9:41 PM, Blogger Venky said...

Hey ... believing in God and being superstitious are soooo not the same thing - I for one believe in God and am definitely not superst...
Maybe its a Ph.D thingie ... don't know ;)
Of course the older ppl thingie was kinda obvious!
and yes the reverse of supersti... is quite obvious I guess ...

 
At August 9, 2006 at 11:58 PM, Blogger Raoul said...

Venky: I don't want to get into a discussion on theism here. Still, would like to point out the rationalist argument -- Since there cannot be any proof of the existence of god, any belief therein would have to be based purely on (blind) faith. And blind faith, I hope you agree, is the essence of superstition.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 4:12 PM, Blogger Venky said...

aha ... your point is valid only if you refer to "God" as a physical being with form and shape.
What if you referred to God as the 'force' that pretty much fuels the universe - then there is no question of "blind" faith! eh?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:44 PM, Blogger Raoul said...

Forces? Feuling universes? Sounds like some sort of a Pagan god this. No one cares about pagans gods in the civilized world.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 2:18 PM, Blogger Shashank said...

Now PhD seems to be more interesting Dr Raoul! I might consider doing it.

:-)

 
At August 13, 2006 at 5:38 AM, Blogger brijwhiz said...

I don't really believe in God but I am fairly superstitous:)

 

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