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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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BEING SECULAR, FINDINGCOMMUNITY

PHIL ZUCKERMAN, PH.D.

In 1897, David Emile Durkheim published the first great work of empirical sociology, Suicide. Rife with theoretical insights and oozing with data, the underlying argument was that those societies characterized by a high degree of individualism have significantly higher rates of suicide, while those societies characterized by a high degree of social integration have significantly lower rates of suicide. In other words, when people are not well connected to others and don’t have lots of social interactions, there is a higher chance of self-destruction. And conversely, when people have lots of social connections and ongoing interactions with others, the likelihood of suicide goes down. Individualism, ...

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