The FREAKest Links: Agnostic Doctors and Doomed Trekkers Edition

Via the Chicago Sun-Times: A University of Chicago and Yale-New Haven Hospital survey of 1,260 doctors found that those who considered themselves atheist or agnostic were just as likely to provide care for patients with little or no health insurance than those who were religious — a departure from studies finding that religious people are more charitable towards the poor. Though with religion currently taking hits in the publishing world, perhaps belief in God isn’t what it used to be.

Following Dubner’s query about video resumes, the Overlawyered blog writes that employment lawyers are advising employers to “[not] even deal with them,” since a video can “reveal information about a person’s race, sex, disability, age — all details that could wind up in a discrimination lawsuit.” Apparently P. Diddy hasn’t gotten that memo.

Web analytics blog The Inside Track breaks down the Star Trek “Red Shirt Phenomenon,” whereby crew members who wore red shirts during interplanetary missions were more likely to wind up dead. His conclusion? “We can reliably improve the survivability of the red-shirted crewmen by only exploring peaceful, female-only planets (android and alien females included).” Sound advice in general.


econ2econ

I didn't dig too much into the article on religous people giving more, but I would think that's because most Christian churches believe in tithing.

discordian

While Christian churches believe in tithing I don't think any of the mainstream denominations require it. If they required tithing to be a congregation member you'd see a lot more parish consolidations going on.

mikeshaw

My grandfather was a doctor, my father is a doctor, and my father-in-law is a doctor. While doctors can be mean as snakes, they almost all have a predisposition to help people...otherwise they wouldn't be doing what they do.

Thus, I'm not sure that this is a good survey. They should do a study across many professions, and control for profession.

Meanwhile, I'd be more interested in surveying a profession with a predisposition to do harm. Like attorneys. ;)

adisora

maybe people who are not religious have a different interpretation of what it means to give "a lot"...

lermit

How weighty?

.lermit

drewbob

Not sure why you used the negative-soundig phrase "taking hits in the publishing world" when that seems to amount to something you wrote about how the word God is being used. Perhaps just a transition into your personal comment.

Drwg

Working in market research, I know how easily a survey (esp. one done 11 years ago) can be taken out of context. That "religious people give more to the poor" study sounds far too easily biased on so many levels.

It may be that non-religious people have little shame about not giving to the poor and thus are more likely to admit to a stranger that they don't do so.

frankenduf

I get the Spock grip- but how does Kirk's hammer punch manage to subdue all alien life forms?

econ2econ

I didn't dig too much into the article on religous people giving more, but I would think that's because most Christian churches believe in tithing.

discordian

While Christian churches believe in tithing I don't think any of the mainstream denominations require it. If they required tithing to be a congregation member you'd see a lot more parish consolidations going on.

mikeshaw

My grandfather was a doctor, my father is a doctor, and my father-in-law is a doctor. While doctors can be mean as snakes, they almost all have a predisposition to help people...otherwise they wouldn't be doing what they do.

Thus, I'm not sure that this is a good survey. They should do a study across many professions, and control for profession.

Meanwhile, I'd be more interested in surveying a profession with a predisposition to do harm. Like attorneys. ;)

adisora

maybe people who are not religious have a different interpretation of what it means to give "a lot"...

lermit

How weighty?

.lermit

drewbob

Not sure why you used the negative-soundig phrase "taking hits in the publishing world" when that seems to amount to something you wrote about how the word God is being used. Perhaps just a transition into your personal comment.

Drwg

Working in market research, I know how easily a survey (esp. one done 11 years ago) can be taken out of context. That "religious people give more to the poor" study sounds far too easily biased on so many levels.

It may be that non-religious people have little shame about not giving to the poor and thus are more likely to admit to a stranger that they don't do so.

frankenduf

I get the Spock grip- but how does Kirk's hammer punch manage to subdue all alien life forms?