Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Good point. I would expect that religous/mystical societies work best (or only) when populations are insulated from non-believers, The study puts an economic spin to this idea. Accoding to the authors, religious societies work best in heavily agrarian economies. Indusry is, they say, a product of human as opposed to divine, ingenuity.

The authors contend that both agrarian and industrial societies retard (no pun intended, please) self-expression.

I have never met an elite bright enough to impose a culture, but the study may point towards the dynamic that reinforces one trait over another. Which my be the study's only value.

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by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 08:21:54 AM EST
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