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Sunday, July 16, 2017


I've long wondered why Americans are so relatively religious.  The soul of our Nation developed through something called faith.  All in all, this is good, for you can better trust people and work towards a common good.  Sometimes something goes wrong, and my posting yesterday (just scroll down to the next article) about the Trump family, is clear evidence that we haven't yet perfected democracy.

15 Craigside is operated by a religious organization, so, too, seems to be populated with better and kinder residents and staff.  In a way, this is good for me, as surrounding me are many who actually believe God and their loved ones are watching them from above.  Thus, they need to be honest for fear of some future retribution.  At this stage of my thinking, and it is getting close to the end, which is, frankly, worrisome, I still think that the ultimate end will amount to nothingness, or eternal gloom.

Gallup released a poll taken this year with the headline:

     In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low

To provide an interpretation:
  • In 1981 9% of Americans felt that God had no part in the origin and development of us.
  • This year, this percentage more than doubled to 19%.
  • However, this means that 81% of us still think that God had some influence.  That is, there is a God.
If you bothered to read that article, it goes on further to indicate:
  • If your education was high school or less, only 12% thought God had no part in this process, while 48% believed God created humans in our present form within the last 10,000 years.
  • If you were a college graduate, 27% had no part in the process, while "only" 24% ascribed to the 10,000 year creation.
  • If you had no religious preference, 57% felt God had no part in our creation and 9% believed we were created 10,000 years ago.
To quote Gallup:

Since the Scopes Monkey Trial more than 90 years ago, the inclusion of creationism -- and evolution -- as part of public school curricula has been an ongoing and contentious topic. Often rebranded as "intelligent design," especially as it relates to education, the creationist viewpoint has met defeat in the Supreme Court but continues to surface in curricula across the U.S.

  • In 1973 73% of Americans believed in an afterlife.
  • In 2014 89% of Americans believed in an afterlife.  
So how do Americans compare to the world?  A London-based poll of 18,000 from 23 countries found that:
  • 51% believed in God.
  • 51% believed in an afterlife.
  • 93% of Indonesians (primarily Muslims) believed in God:
    • Russia (10%)
    • China (14%)
    • India (24%).
  • There is no God?  
    • France (39%)
    • Sweden (37%)
    • Japan (33%)
    • Germany (31%)
  • Life will cease after death:
    • South Korea (40%)
    • Spain (40%)
    • France (39%)
    • Japan (37%)
  • Human beings were created by God:
    • Saudi Arabia (75%)
    • Indonesia (57%)
    • South Africa (56%)
The participating countries for the online survey were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America.

No recent polls, but:

In 2009, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press polled members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on belief in a higher power. The study found that 51 percent of members polled expressed such a faith, compared to 95 percent of the American public. Additionally, the National Academy of Science charted belief in God as low as 5.5 percent among biologists and 7.5 percent among physicist and astronomers in a 1998 study.

Let me repeat this difference:
  • More than 80% of Americans believe in God and the Afterlife.
  • Only 5.5% of biological scientists in the National Academy of Science believe in God.
Americans are similar to Saudi Arabia and Indonesia on religious beliefs.  If you were an alien analyzing why, you would be befuddled.

According to NOAA, Hurricane Fernanda is a Category 4 storm at 130 MPH:

Here is another version that shows Hawaii in the path of Fernanda:

Interesting that there is little credible information today about whether this hurricane will definitely weaken before approaching Hawaii.  However, here is a National Hurricane Center colorful rendering suggesting that this storm will weaken into a tropical storm in five days before getting close to Hawaii...I think:



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