Re: virus: Re: Why religious?

Hakeeb A. Nandalal (
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 16:13:16 +0000

Kenneth Boyd wrote :-

> The above ratio is news to me. 8 to 1 sounds more reasonable, with a high
> percentage of those functionally secular--and effectively nonChristian!

in response to my flagrantly overstated ratio 99:1 for Christians to
non-Christians in the USA. Well I did some digging by hacking my way
into Langley and got this :-

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - From the 1994 CIA World Fact Book

Religions: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none
10% (1989)

So in fact Protestants and Roman Catholics outnumber all other groups
together by 5.25 to 1 exactly. Why did I originally say 99:1 ? The devil
made me do it plus "you've never seen me very upset".



Kenneth Boyd also wrote (he writes a lot) :-

> It is of course, possible that most people are detecting (subconsciously) > basic flaws in what they are taught. The most graphic example is > (reported in a 1996 American Mathematical Monthly article) that the > explicit application of current economic theories usually performs worse > than conventional, unscientific but methodological analysis.

Yeah I saw something like that on TV : this guy threw darts at a board and did better that the expert they were comparing the method to. However the most scientific economic plan to-date is a 15% tax cut - everybody knows that.

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