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Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

'but you have to admire the instinct.'

I’m not sure if the Humanists will get their way. I imagine people in Britain feel it’s a bit Continental to say on a form that you’re nothing at all. In 2001, only 14.7 per cent of the population chose to describe themselves as having no religion. On the other hand, nearly 400,000 people in England and Wales – including an impressive 2.6 per cent of those who live in Brighton – replied that they were ‘Jedi’ or ‘Jedi Knight’, which is not a religion in the strictest sense. But you have to admire the instinct.

Andrew O'Hagan at the London Review of Books on what a census can say about a nation.