I've often thought about the connection between the rational skepticism scientists employ (as opposed to the universal and self-refuting brand of skepticism postmodernists employ) and atheism. Atheism does not necessarily imply an analytical mindset, there are atheists who believe in the supernatural or pseudoscience, but it would be true to say that atheism is a corollary of an analytical mindset combined with a driving need for evidence.
In short, rational skepticism as a premise implies atheism, and a-fairyism, a-ghostism, a-quantum crystal healingism, etc. The rational skeptic is not easily swayed by the soporific of superstition.

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