Tonight, I’m hitting you with a quick one since we spent the entire weekend driving and I spent my Sunday night fighting stupid Windows problems to get a wireless connection (even though this laptop has accessed the same router for a year with no problems – and my iphone/ipad connected just fine tonight; love Microsoft…). Anyway, I awoke this morning to all kinds of friends, family and neighbors updating their Facebook pages with scripture and proclamations that “he has risen“. Once I got past the initial “seriously?” phase, it reminded me that I had to do a post on religion and money, so what better time than after Easter?
If you follow my tweets, you know I’m a pretty analytical guy that looks at the world through the eyes of science and nature (rather than “faith), the random and chaotic nature of the universe (rather than believing that there’s a God that gives a crap if Tebow wins the superbowl, decides if a cancer patient lives or dies, or that somehow he’s working in mysterious ways when he inures the world with such horrors, pain and suffering on a daily basis – the world is cruel, random and chaotic) and that while I won’t even bother trying to change your mind if you’re a believer (because you’ve obviously already refused to accept evidence to the contrary), I do find it interesting to consider the role of religion in today’s world. Sometimes, it’s a question of what kids should be taught in school, the economic consequences of millenia of wars over religion, the positive contributions of religious charitable contributions and institutions over the years, or simply how people weave religion into their personal finances, there’s often something to think about.
With a name like Darwin, how could I not publish this? Evidently, the more the inhabitants of a country deny the realities of evolution, the less likely that country is to have a high GDP – except – for the ole’ US of A – because as we all know, we’re just about the richest country on earth – and the most analytically backwards. This one circulated last year and I’ve had it bookmarked for a while.
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I’d like to hear your thoughts on whether this is one of those “correlation is not causation” situations or whether you think there’s a causal relationship. i.e. do more progressive, science-oriented cultures perform better on the world stage while cultures that rely heavily on beliefs in deities squander opportunities to advance? Or is it a story back-fit to the data points?
I couldn’t help but notice many regions/countries were left out (Middle East/African nations); not sure why.
Additionally, any thoughts on why the US is such an outlier?