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These statements are absolutely supported by studies. In the World Happiness Report ranks countries according to various life measures. It is by far the most widely used and widely reported measure of happiness. The US ranks 13th in 2016. All Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland) ranked above it. In the Health life expectancy ...


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No. Mohammed was not the most popular first name in Berlin 2018. The official Berlin statistics conclude something different. And at the very least: It seems not likely to be possibly true, regardless of you twist the statistics. But it depends a bit on how you count names, and whether you do that in a consistent manner. The official Ordnungsamt Berlin ...


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DJClayworth's answer is right, but I would like to add on one remark in the question that that answer didn't address: "especially those at the bottom of the economic scale". As DJClayworth's argued, mean standards are higher in Nordic countries than in the USA, but situation in those countries is not just better than in the USA: it's also less unequal - you ...


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The 40% figure most likely comes from Pew Research Center: By the year 2050, 41% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ definitely (23%) or probably (18%) will have returned to earth. The figures can be seen here: However, Pew does not make the global warming implication. There is a study by Barker and Bearce about this: the authors show that ...


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THE claim "Bullies are looking for attention. Ignore them and the bullying will stop" is considered to be a myth since research shows that bullies are looking for control, and they rarely stop if their behavior is ignored. The level of bullying usually increases if the bullying is not addressed by adults since researchers in 2010 showed that ...


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January 1st This has been reported by many mainstream news outlets including the Washington post which says January 1st is the popular birthdate assumed by citizens of Afghanistan. Washington post In Afghanistan, Jan. 1 is everyone’s birthday January 1 has become a de-facto birthday for thousands of Afghans NBC News NBC News claim to have interviewed ...


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tl;dr- This claim is true. It may sound weird that some biological males are castrated and then raised as though they were female, however it's been done to address a birth defect where genitals aren't properly formed. A recent survey suggests that this practice is in decline. Other studies show that sex-specific biology affects behavior in ways that ...


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The Village Voice performed two months of investigative research and found weak evidence to back that claim: Law enforcement records show that there were only 8,263 arrests across America for child prostitution during the most recent decade. The "100,000 to 300,000" figure ... came from two University of Pennsylvania professors, Richard J. Estes and ...


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First, it's important to note that there are three claims being made here: People in Nordic countries are happier than people in the United States. People in Nordic countries are healthier than people in the United States. People in Nordic countries have an overall higher standard of living than people in the United States. Other answers have already ...


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Not all cultures put the same weight of importance on birthdays the way that many Western cultures do. And in many Muslim countries, the celebration of birthdays is considered a heresy at worst and just a thing for children — and not adults — to celebrate at best. “Is that really true? People have known the day of the year since prehistoric times…” Knowing ...


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There are two reasonable answers to this already, but it's worth noting that there was an article discussing this exact question in the Guardian in 2014: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/dec/01/muhammad-not-most-popular-boys-name-in-britain The key finding was: The proportion of the population that is Muslim is 4.8%, while the most ...


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Not based on this evidence. Your first source claims "A 2020 Pew Research study reveals that over half of white, liberal women have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point." The author bases this not a Pew document itself, but on a Twitter thread by political science graduate student Zach Goldberg, who describes himself as a &...


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It's times like this, on issues like this, that I'm most saddened by the restriction of access to academic literature. Being privileged with access to such material, I'll provide at least some citations and quotes from this restricted pool of research. I will draw liberally from an excellent review that was accepted for publication in 1998, The Adjustment ...


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Since it may be subjective which indicators to use for comparing what constitutes a good life, the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/#/11111115551 The Better life index makes it easy to compare the Nordic countries with the US. Variables: Housing, Income, ...


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According to an over 100 page federally-funded study The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study, studying the January 2005 through December 2007 time period: Nearly 5% of the total sample was forcibly sexually assaulted since college entry (4.7%, box 9). More than three percent of the women (3.4%) experienced forced rape since entering college (box 11) and 1.4%...


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TL;DR Version: There are some significant problems with the APA's claim in 2005 that there are no negative effects. Further research (with larger sample sizes, more representative participants, more outcomes analyzed, and longer-running) is necessary to determine if there are negative effects. There's a good paper titled "Same-Sex Parenting and Children’s ...


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The rate of population growth is declining and will soon become negative. UN DESA provides 3 prediction variants: high, medium, low. Of these only the low one predicts decline and only by 2050. With medium growth slowly declines, but is non-negative up to 2100. So while it's true that the growth is declining, it most likely will not become negative ...


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It's certainly not universal. In the UK, swearing is relatively common among the upper and lower classes and aversion to swearing is a primarily lower middle class trait. This has been studied quantitatively in this wonderfully-titled paper: Swearing in Modern British English: The Case of Fuck in the BNC [British National Corpus] Anthony McEnery and ...


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All three articles are basing their claim off an internet quiz and not an actual poll. Evidence points to this Quiz being not scientific in any way and its results should be ignored. An actual poll on conservative vs. liberal views broken down by Generation was done by the Pew Research Center which shows that members of Generation Z are very similar to ...


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I am answering the current version of the question, which asks: 'Did Robert Putnam publish a study that found that diversity has "incredibly negative consequences"?' Robert Putnam did publish: Putnam, R. D. (2007), E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century The 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture. Scandinavian Political Studies, 30: ...


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Yes it really happened, although the term "county fair" isn't exactly right, it was the annual show of the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Society at Plymouth, England. See the below articles for details. Vox Populi Nature 75, 450-451 (07 March 1907) (alternative link) After weeding thirteen cards out of the collection, as being defective or ...


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Snopes investigated this claim and concluded it was False. Although there's a grain of truth to this claim, the legend that sprouted from it is a different kind of fruit: a marketing innovation did revive flagging sales of cake mixes, but it wasn't the innovation most people think it was. Snopes provides quotes to demonstrate: the addition of dried ...


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The overwhelming "elephant in the room" is that: In many/most mulsim countries, the "first name" Mohammed is not a "first name". It is a type of honorific. i.e. quite simply males get "Mohammed" as a sort of first name, and then their actual name follows. (Rather as in "Mac-Surname", we notice that "...


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Yes, this seems to be right. I found this report which states worldwide Jewish population to be estimated at about 13,8 million in 2013. At the latest LDS General Conference (April 2015), the statistical report stated 15,3 million members at the end of 2014. Note that as I said in the comments, we are comparing apples to oranges here. Jewish population ...


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In 1970, two researchers specialising in the practices of Sexual Freedom movement expressed strong doubt that key parties were popular, describing it as a myth. James R. Smith & Lynn G. Smith (1970) Co‐marital sex and the sexual freedom movement , The Journal of Sex Research, 6:2, 131-142, DOI: 10.1080/00224497009550656 Our data suggest a number of ...


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Fully 79% of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Jesus Christ will return to Earth someday. A 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found less agreement among Christians, however, over the timing and circumstances of his return. One-in-five American ...


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First and foremost, Snopes gives this a look as of 27 DEC 16, and basically concludes that 2016 isn't really all that unusual from any other year. (emphasis mine) Of course, attempting to quantify such a feeling involves several basic issues. Primarily, what makes a person a celebrity? Whose deaths are considered notable? For instance, the Los Angeles Times ...


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The claim in the question is inherently controversial among experts. "Powerful" is subject to different interpretations. More fundamentally, the whole notion that any human behavior could be "designed" by biological evolution has been rejected by many prominent anthropologists. Nonetheless, there are certainly peer-reviewed studies that could support this ...


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