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Single-world consistent interpretation of quantum mechanics from fundamental time and length uncertaintiesJuly 2, 2019Physical Review AQuantum Reality: Physics and the Human Quest for Sense
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The Hand of God or the Work of the Devil? Spiritual Appraisals and Psychological Adjustment After the 2016 U.S. Presidential ElectionJuly 11, 2019Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyUnderstanding Supernatural Attributions: Types, Predictors, and Consequences