Death anxiety linked to acceptance of intelligent design: study

Research conducted at the University of British Columbia and Union College found that people's death anxiety was associated with support of intelligent design and rejection of evolutionary theory.

Death anxiety also influenced those in the study to report an increased liking for Michael Behe, a prominent proponent of intelligent design, and an increased disliking for Richard Dawkins, a well-known evolutionary biologist.

The findings suggest that people are motivated to believe in intelligent design and doubt evolutionary theory because of unconscious psychological motives.

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Tags: anxiety, death, death anxiety, evolution, intelligent design, meaning, psychology, religion, superstition

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Heh, I don't think you're going to get too many responses to this one, beyond "Duh."
What?  Something nice about atheists?  That's a shocker.
Well, it's nice to have a study to site for both the specific finding and the underlying general one, which has broader application.
Here is the actual paper, though I have not read it:
Attachments:
Correlation but not causation.

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