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  1. First, it's not about rationalism. If I think a religious doctrine is utter nonsense, how am I supposed to believe it? Am I supposed to be convinced by the argument that I'll live longer like this? :- ) And, secondly, maybe I'm happy to live less, but better and brighter? 🙂

  2. The reasons for higher life expectancy are moderation and abstinence, stress management through prayer / meditation, and stronger social connections that provide more support.


    • we lead a healthy, active lifestyle
    • don't let stress drive us to a heart attack at 40
    • we communicate regularly (this is generally strange to deduce as a discovery, the term “hospitalism” – physical and physical disorders that occur in isolation from loved ones-has been known since 1945)
    • we participate in charity and volunteer programs (feeling connected and doing something meaningful).�
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      Wow, what fresh and unexpected recommendations for 2018.

    One final note: we are talking not so much about believers, but rather about church-bound people who take part in the life of their community and thus gain access to the infrastructure to implement all of the above.

    It is obvious that believers in the shower / bath, who enter the church only at Easter, and just people who are not involved in any activity, do not belong to this category.

    UPD Read the criticism of the article, where in addition to the obvious factors (how objective the results obtained on the basis of the analysis of obituaries can be, and how complete the data they provide), it is indicated that the presence of an obituary itself indicates sufficiently well-off people (who have access to proper nutrition and medicine). If we conduct a comparative analysis of �for different groups with so-called zr of income, the picture may change significantly. For example, the black population of the United States, living below the poverty line or in historically economically disadvantaged areas, is very religious. Something tells me that they are unlikely to show statistical miracles compared to a well-fed white atheist. But they don't have an obituary either, so they don't exist for this study.

  3. Not quite. If you mean this article: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1948550618779820, it says that the impact is not so much religion, but the way of life that believers lead, how to have a small number of partners (ideally one for life), abstaining from all types of drugs, abstaining from going to clubs and bars, thereby maintaining a normal sleep pattern, as well as practicing meditation and prayers that reduce stress and thereby improve human health.

    Also, greater integration into the life of the community (namely, brag-making and volunteering) contributes to longevity. It is much easier for believers to participate in it, since the church has always supported those in need and encouraged helping others. At the same time, it is worth noting that volunteering, although it prolongs life, is not much compared to the factors mentioned above (according to the article, a little less than a year).

    Do not forget about the shortcomings of the article, which the authors gave at the very end:

    • the study was conducted once, so ideally, the same sample should be repeated again after some time (for example, a year) in order to establish at least for this sample that religion helps to live longer (and it is better to conduct this study repeatedly on a large number of people of different religions and nationalities, which would make it possible to generalize the results of the experiment
    • the correlation between a person's own faith and the cultural environment in which they live does not mean that there is no third factor influencing this correlation
    • the obituaries used in this article may have been falsified or incomplete, for example, they do not indicate both the lifestyle of the deceased and his habits/lifestyle, as well as demographic data
    • since obituaries and their publication are quite expensive, the sample may not be representative, meaning that it may include people of only one socio-economic level. And this interferes with the generalization of research results
    • also, the subjectivity of obituaries makes it difficult to reliably say how much the deceased were involved in volunteering
    • people who do not have a specified religion are not exclusively atheists (since the documents do not have a separate column or mark “atheist/ka”). They can be either agnostic or religious, simply unwilling or unable to attend or participate in church life
      Although there are many shortcomings here, the authors conclude by saying that the results of their research (two were presented in the article) reflect a similar picture of previous research by other authors and provide support for the hypothesis of a link between religious affiliation and longevity.

    If you have another article in mind, then please drop its title or link to it, it is interesting to read.

  4. It depends on what is meant by an irrational act in this case. Can it be considered rational to force yourself to believe in a higher being for the sake of a couple of extra years? Many atheists, I suppose, might say that they would rather see the world from their own perspective than live a couple of years longer, living a different life.
    Also, I can put forward a hypothesis ( which is just a fantasy and yet), but we still don't know much about how all this affects the brain and in general what are the studies?Recently, scientists have been saying that the tendency to believe can be laid down in the genes, but what if the same regions of the genes are laid down and the tendency to longevity? ( I'm not a geneticist, but I think the assumption can live, correct me if I'm wrong). Also, people often start to believe after a “miracle”, for example, they survived an accident, but what if we make a survivor's mistake? Suppose we have two atheists who are traveling in a car. One crashed, and the other survived and decided to change his point of view and began to believe in God. As a result of the first one, we fix “Atheist-died early”, and the one who was lucky and became a believer “Believer-lived longer”.
    My point is that whether it is rational or not, we need more research in this area, and then we can make a verdict.

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