While researching my new book, I came across studies that showed that not only were women more religious than men, they were more superstitious when it came to believing in New Age stuff, mediums, astrology, communicating with the dead, etc. However, men were more likely to believe in UFOs and aliens.
I mentioned this to my wife, and she said that she bet men were more likely to fall for nutty conspiracy theories.
She was right.
The Sidney Morning Herald reported on the research of Kylie Sturgess, who tested 1243 Australians on a variety of beliefs;
“Women are more likely to be at the ’social’ end of paranormal beliefs,” Sturgess says. “They’re more likely to believe in things like mediums, astrology, psychic healing, and ghosts.
“Men, for instance, are more likely than women to believe in the alien astronaut theories of Erich von Daniken, and more cryptozoological things like the Loch Ness monster.”
Studies have also shown that men are also more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, creationism and the notions of historical revisionists, while women are more likely to believe in telepathy and New Age theories.
I am puzzled; perhaps the sexes are equally irrational. However female goofiness is generally harmless, while conspiracy theories (which always end up blaming the Jews) lead to the gas chambers.