Amazing, fascinating and... disappointing, all at once.

Kapkao's picture

This is from a poll result taken from facebook.

Initially it was 44.9%=yes  and 55.1%=no

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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Amazing, fascinating and disappointing all at once.

 

That's the perfect summary of the loss of my virginity in just seven words.

On the OP I'm a bit surprised the numbers are this close, kap.

I think 60/40 isn't bad. What would it have been say, 50 years ago, I wonder?

 

 

 

 

"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination." Max Planck

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How about about 60 years ago, in the middle of a red scare?

In either case... my guess is:

93/7

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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As atheist is likened to

As atheist is likened to Hitler-lover, cat killer, etc I wonder what the poll would be if some sort of PC euphamism was used rather than "atheist."  Even if the question read: "Would you vote for someone who doesn't believe in God to be President?" I bet the numbers would be (slightly) different.  Either way could you imagine the mud slinging from the likes of "Hopey Changey Palin"?  It would register as the highest amount of unintentional comedy in human existance.

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How about 150 years ago when

How about 150 years ago when we elected Abraham Lincoln?

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Answers in Gene Simmons

Answers in Gene Simmons wrote:

How about 150 years ago when we elected Abraham Lincoln?

.... ouch. That's gonna leave a mark.

In other words... genuine atheists could be thought of as few and far in between. I would surprised if they could even fill up a football field. By the 1920s, I believe... this changed a bit.

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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rdklep8 wrote:As atheist is

rdklep8 wrote:

As atheist is likened to Hitler-lover, cat killer, etc I wonder what the poll would be if some sort of PC euphamism was used rather than "atheist."  Even if the question read: "Would you vote for someone who doesn't believe in God to be President?" I bet the numbers would be (slightly) different.  Either way could you imagine the mud slinging from the likes of "Hopey Changey Palin"?  It would register as the highest amount of unintentional comedy in human existance.

  1. Public opinion is fickle like that... America's history is defined on the basis of 'fear of outsiders', as was Britain's history until The Victorian Era.
  2. People can be morons, given the right circumstances. Pick up a sunday paper, skim a few pages, find someone acting stupid.
  3. I take humor along the lines of schadenfreude.

 

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)

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I think my problem isn't

I think my problem isn't that I'm a cynic, but that I'm an anal-retentive perfectionist

And with that, I dart off to my friend's place in tallahasee for a few weeks

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)