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03-24-2011 03:39 PM
PaoloSmythe religion is already redundant

extinction is simply the next level in the descent into complete obscurity

our successors will no doubt chortle at those things we used to spout as fact, even more than we already do!
03-24-2011 10:58 AM
Flick Montana I do wonder how long religion can go on explaining the "unexplainable" as God when science is slowly doing a much better job of it.

God went from being in the clouds to being in the stars to just being invisible as science progressed.

How much longer can God survive?
03-24-2011 09:29 AM
snowjeeper have I criticized the research anywhere? All I said was it's a shit article, which it is.
03-23-2011 11:11 PM
Donutz
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"The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation:"

No where in this sentence does it say that these are the nine countries where religion will fade away. It just says that these countries include that in the census data. Nor does it give any date or % of when religion will cease to be relevant.

shit article.
Don't confuse the article with the research. The article writers are just trying to give a capsule summary, enough to give you the basic idea and maybe get you interested. This is a common issue on physorg and drives me nuts where a lot of the posters will read the 3-paragraph article and then criticize the research (and often the researchers) as if they've read the entire report.
03-23-2011 05:38 PM
StarCommand
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Originally Posted by snowjeeper View Post
"The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation:"

No where in this sentence does it say that these are the nine countries where religion will fade away. It just says that these countries include that in the census data. Nor does it give any date or % of when religion will cease to be relevant.

shit article.
They're not clairvoyants. All they can do is speculate.

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"Obviously we don't really believe this is the network structure of a modern society, where each person is influenced equally by all the other people in society," he said.

However, he told BBC News that he thought it was "a suggestive result".

"It's interesting that a fairly simple model captures the data, and if those simple ideas are correct, it suggests where this might be going.

"Obviously much more complicated things are going on with any one individual, but maybe a lot of that averages out."
03-23-2011 03:08 PM
snowjeeper "The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation:"

No where in this sentence does it say that these are the nine countries where religion will fade away. It just says that these countries include that in the census data. Nor does it give any date or % of when religion will cease to be relevant.

shit article.
03-22-2011 10:32 PM
Music Moves
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As long as people don't want to think for themselves, religion will exist.
I think it is more "as long as people don't want to accept the consequences of their actions" and "gain the capacity to accept the inevitable, however bad it may be," religion will exist.

And enjoying the inevitable seems well beyond reach...
03-22-2011 10:00 PM
Phenom I read something which said that around 2080 religion will be a distant memory to a huge percentage of the population, with only very very few areas still populated by theists. Once everyone realizes the world isn't coming to an end in 2012 and jesus isn't ever coming back things will already take a huge step in the right direction.
03-22-2011 07:38 PM
seant46
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As long as people don't want to think for themselves, religion will exist.
QFT
03-22-2011 07:21 PM
HoboMaster As long as people don't want to think for themselves, religion will exist.
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