Larry Moran’s belief charts: rationalism wins over superstition

Larry Moran is a longtime net user, a veteran of the talk.origins Usenet newsgroup, and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto.  His blog “Sandwalk” is named after the path along which Charles Darwin used to walk every day at noon behind Down House in Kent after a morning working on his revolutionary theories.

A recent posting by Larry showed some striking and entertaining graphics showing the contrast between the diversity of “Beliefs held as a result of the accident of where an individual was born” and the coherence of “Beliefs based on logic, reason and critical thinking”.

Sandwalk: Superstition vs rationalism charts

There is a strong tendency to buy the fiction that religion has a strong hold over human thought.  I think that’s exaggerated both by atheists and believers, and these charts present an alternative view in an attractive, amusing, and thought-provoking way.

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