• Nice. A clever & subversive person could carry that thought experiment to some funny conclusions. I’m tempted to form a society of science and issue fatwas now… Hm…

  • effeminaterobotgod

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  • Dale

    It’s good to see Prof. Dawkins’ humor come through so well. Such a smart, easy to follow explanation. Very entertaining. Thanks for posting.

  • Jason

    Well, no, the maps show the most commonly practiced religions in each area. The second map, of scientists, might represent the most commonly held scientific belief in each area.

    It’s not unheard of to have scientists disagreeing with each other, or interpreting results differently, is it? And it’s definitely not unheard of for certain ideas to hold different audiences; for example, a notable percentage of South Koreans believe that fans can cause death if left on overnight, and they are now manufactured with auto-off timers – this may not be true).
    They’re both crappy maps, but they represent data probably gathered methodically. Is the data accurate? Are the maps fair representations of that data? If so, what’s the problem?

    And his reductio ad absurdam arguments in the second part are ipretty immature as well.