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Correlations with: xian:Lewis

N = 931 (target faculty). Cut-off = +/-0.05

n < 10 omitted. Some redundant or trivial correlations are not shown.

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Main Survey questions

Answer Corrrelation coefficient
Time:B-theory0.202
A-theory B-theory
Lewis
12.2%(7/57)
80.7%(46/57)
not Lewis
31.5%(166/526)
42.3%(223/526)
Response pairs: 583   p-value: < 0.001
Normative ethics:consequentialism0.173
consequentialism not consequentialism
Lewis
56.2%(36/64)
37.5%(24/64)
not Lewis
25%(184/736)
60.3%(444/736)
Response pairs: 800   p-value: < 0.001
Mind:physicalism0.164
physicalism non-physicalism
Lewis
85.5%(59/69)
10.1%(7/69)
not Lewis
55.3%(470/849)
32.3%(275/849)
Response pairs: 918   p-value: < 0.001
Laws of nature:Humean0.123
Humean non-Humean
Lewis
46.9%(31/66)
46.9%(31/66)
not Lewis
25%(200/798)
65%(519/798)
Response pairs: 864   p-value: < 0.001
Newcomb's problem:two boxes0.119
one box two boxes
Lewis
22.2%(14/63)
68.2%(43/63)
not Lewis
31.1%(187/600)
43.3%(260/600)
Response pairs: 663   p-value: 0.002
External world:non-skeptical realism0.115
non-skeptical realism not non-skeptical realism
Lewis
94.1%(64/68)
~1.4%(~1/68)
not Lewis
82.1%(696/847)
13.9%(118/847)
Response pairs: 915   p-value: < 0.001
not Normative ethics:virtue ethics0.105
virtue ethics not virtue ethics
Lewis
9.3%(6/64)
84.3%(54/64)
not Lewis
22.1%(163/736)
63.1%(465/736)
Response pairs: 800   p-value: 0.002
not External world:skepticism0.094
skepticism not skepticism
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/68)
95.5%(65/68)
not Lewis
5.1%(44/847)
90.9%(770/847)
Response pairs: 915   p-value: 0.004
Teletransporter:survival0.087
survival death
Lewis
56.9%(37/65)
27.6%(18/65)
not Lewis
40.2%(303/753)
37.8%(285/753)
Response pairs: 818   p-value: 0.012
Trolley problem:switch0.084
switch don't switch
Lewis
87.5%(56/64)
4.6%(3/64)
not Lewis
72.8%(583/800)
12.1%(97/800)
Response pairs: 864   p-value: 0.013
not External world:idealism0.081
idealism not idealism
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/68)
95.5%(65/68)
not Lewis
4.6%(39/847)
91.4%(775/847)
Response pairs: 915   p-value: 0.014
God:atheism0.079
theism atheism
Lewis
7.3%(5/68)
88.2%(60/68)
not Lewis
15.4%(131/849)
75.6%(642/849)
Response pairs: 917   p-value: 0.016
Science:scientific realism0.075
scientific realism scientific anti-realism
Lewis
85.5%(59/69)
8.6%(6/69)
not Lewis
76.7%(642/837)
15.7%(132/837)
Response pairs: 906   p-value: 0.023
Abstract objects:Platonism0.074
Platonism nominalism
Lewis
47%(32/68)
36.7%(25/68)
not Lewis
40.6%(336/826)
49.1%(406/826)
Response pairs: 894   p-value: 0.026
Knowledge:rationalism0.072
rationalism empiricism
Lewis
46.3%(32/69)
36.2%(25/69)
not Lewis
33.6%(286/850)
42.2%(359/850)
Response pairs: 919   p-value: 0.029
Metaphilosophy:naturalism0.067
non-naturalism naturalism
Lewis
15.1%(10/66)
63.6%(42/66)
not Lewis
29.7%(235/789)
55.5%(438/789)
Response pairs: 855   p-value: 0.05
not Zombies:metaphysically possible0.065
metaphysically possible not metaphysically possible
Lewis
18.1%(12/66)
78.7%(52/66)
not Lewis
27%(205/759)
58.3%(443/759)
Response pairs: 825   p-value: 0.062
Politics:egalitarianism0.063
egalitarianism not egalitarianism
Lewis
50.9%(26/51)
29.4%(15/51)
not Lewis
42.5%(298/700)
39.8%(279/700)
Response pairs: 751   p-value: 0.084
not Normative ethics:deontology0.061
deontology not deontology
Lewis
25%(16/64)
68.7%(44/64)
not Lewis
30.5%(225/736)
54.7%(403/736)
Response pairs: 800   p-value: 0.084
not Perceptual experience:disjunctivism0.056
disjunctivism not disjunctivism
Lewis
9.2%(5/54)
79.6%(43/54)
not Lewis
14.6%(97/662)
69.4%(460/662)
Response pairs: 716   p-value: 0.134
Free will:compatibilism0.054
compatibilism not compatibilism
Lewis
73.5%(50/68)
22%(15/68)
not Lewis
60.1%(500/831)
30.3%(252/831)
Response pairs: 899   p-value: 0.105
Perceptual experience:representationalism0.054
representationalism not representationalism
Lewis
50%(27/54)
38.8%(21/54)
not Lewis
40.1%(266/662)
43.9%(291/662)
Response pairs: 716   p-value: 0.148
Zombies:conceivable but not metaphysically possible0.054
conceivable but not metaphysically possible not conceivable but not metaphysically possible
Lewis
57.5%(38/66)
39.3%(26/66)
not Lewis
38.6%(293/759)
46.7%(355/759)
Response pairs: 825   p-value: 0.121
Aesthetic value:subjective0.053
objective subjective
Lewis
41.5%(27/65)
55.3%(36/65)
not Lewis
45.6%(379/830)
38.3%(318/830)
Response pairs: 895   p-value: 0.113

Philosophical orientation

Answer Corrrelation coefficient
AOS:Metaphysics0.195
Metaphysics not Metaphysics
Lewis
55%(38/69)
44.9%(31/69)
not Lewis
22.7%(196/862)
77.2%(666/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: < 0.001
AOS:Decision Theory0.176
Decision Theory not Decision Theory
Lewis
14.4%(10/69)
85.5%(59/69)
not Lewis
2.4%(21/862)
97.5%(841/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: < 0.001
xian:Carnap0.089
Carnap not Carnap
Lewis
11.5%(8/69)
88.4%(61/69)
not Lewis
4.2%(37/862)
95.7%(825/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.006
tradition:analytic0.088
analytic continental
Lewis
~98.5%(~68/69)
~1.4%(~1/69)
not Lewis
87.2%(752/862)
3.9%(34/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.007
not AOS:Social and Political Philosophy0.084
Social and Political Philosophy not Social and Political Philosophy
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/69)
~98.5%(~68/69)
not Lewis
11.4%(99/862)
88.5%(763/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.01
not xian:Wittgenstein0.082
Wittgenstein not Wittgenstein
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/69)
~98.5%(~68/69)
not Lewis
8.4%(73/862)
91.5%(789/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.012
AOS:Philosophy of Language0.076
Philosophy of Language not Philosophy of Language
Lewis
28.9%(20/69)
71%(49/69)
not Lewis
17.6%(152/862)
82.3%(710/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.02
xian:Frege0.074
Frege not Frege
Lewis
14.4%(10/69)
85.5%(59/69)
not Lewis
6.9%(60/862)
93%(802/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.023
not xian:Kant0.067
Kant not Kant
Lewis
4.3%(3/69)
95.6%(66/69)
not Lewis
12.7%(110/862)
87.2%(752/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.04
not AOS:17th/18th Century Philosophy0.063
17th/18th Century Philosophy not 17th/18th Century Philosophy
Lewis
4.3%(3/69)
95.6%(66/69)
not Lewis
12%(104/862)
87.9%(758/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.054
not AOS:Philosophy of Action0.062
Philosophy of Action not Philosophy of Action
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/69)
~98.5%(~68/69)
not Lewis
4.9%(43/862)
95%(819/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.058
not AOS:Normative Ethics0.06
Normative Ethics not Normative Ethics
Lewis
7.2%(5/69)
92.7%(64/69)
not Lewis
15.5%(134/862)
84.4%(728/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.067
not xian:Aristotle0.058
Aristotle not Aristotle
Lewis
5.7%(4/69)
94.2%(65/69)
not Lewis
13.2%(114/862)
86.7%(748/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.076
not AOS:19th Century Philosophy0.057
19th Century Philosophy not 19th Century Philosophy
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/69)
~98.5%(~68/69)
not Lewis
4.2%(37/862)
95.7%(825/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.082
AOS:Epistemology0.055
Epistemology not Epistemology
Lewis
24.6%(17/69)
75.3%(52/69)
not Lewis
16.5%(143/862)
83.4%(719/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.093
not AOS:Philosophy of Mathematics0.055
Philosophy of Mathematics not Philosophy of Mathematics
Lewis
~1.4%(~1/69)
~98.5%(~68/69)
not Lewis
4%(35/862)
95.9%(827/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.093

Background questions

Answer Corrrelation coefficient
year_of_birth0.154
year_of_birth ≥ median year_of_birth < median
Lewis
71.2%(47/66)
28.7%(19/66)
not Lewis
48.6%(391/804)
51.3%(413/804)
Response pairs: 870   p-value: < 0.001
year_of_phd0.113
year_of_phd ≥ median year_of_phd < median
Lewis
66.6%(40/60)
33.3%(20/60)
not Lewis
48.9%(323/660)
51%(337/660)
Response pairs: 720   p-value: 0.002
not affil:region:United States0.068
United States not United States
Lewis
49.2%(34/69)
50.7%(35/69)
not Lewis
62%(535/862)
37.9%(327/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.038
phd_region:Australasia0.064
Australasia not Australasia
Lewis
7.2%(5/69)
92.7%(64/69)
not Lewis
2.9%(25/862)
97%(837/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.05
affil:region:United Kingdom0.053
United Kingdom not United Kingdom
Lewis
27.5%(19/69)
72.4%(50/69)
not Lewis
19.3%(167/862)
80.6%(695/862)
Response pairs: 931   p-value: 0.106