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The Edison correlation?

September 7, 2014

Thomas Edison filed a lot of patents. And famously, was an atheist. So likely he would enjoy that Princeton economists find, both nationally and internationally, that there is an inverse relationship between people’s religiosity and the number of patents they file. As is always the case with such things, that data is interesting, but doesn’t say much by itself. There are so many possible causal connections that it would be foolish to claim it as evidence of any one. Though the article tries to do that.

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