In the Age of Em, Robin Hanson claims that "...religious people tend to be happier, healthier, and more productive. They live longer, smoke less, exercise more, earn more, get and stay married more, commit less crime, use less illegal drugs, have more social connections, donate and volunteer more, and have more children."

Are these claims affirmed by a consensus experts in the relevant fields of study?

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    I wouldn't be surprised if none of them is true. At least "earn more" part is definitely not true. – sashkello Sep 28 '16 at 6:58
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    Interestingly enough, in the book the author gives a citation for first three claims, yet none for any of the following ones. – sashkello Sep 28 '16 at 7:03
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    The number of claims makes this too hard to answer, and some of these claims (e.g. atheists committing fewer crimes) are duplicates. Please limit your question to one claim so we can reopen it. – Oddthinking Sep 28 '16 at 8:46
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    Not only are these doubtful, but they don't necessarily mean anything. Most atheists live in religiously-dominated communities, so they would be more isolated and depressed purely because of that. There are no atheist-dominated countries so nothing to compare with. – PointlessSpike Sep 28 '16 at 11:58
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    @user5341- I actually did my research on this. The former USSR is still over 50% religious and the DPRK... well, I'm not sure if their personality cult counts as a religion, but even if not, you won't find a survey happening there. – PointlessSpike Sep 28 '16 at 13:20

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