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May 18, 2011

Anglosphere comparisons

The most interesting chart below is infant mortality rate over time.

May 14, 2011

Not the real Canada?

Filed under: Blog,Canada — Razib Khan @ 6:27 pm

Amusing. Some Fans in Canada See Vancouver as Foreign:

If you are American, you might think that the Vancouver Canucks are now Canada’s team because they are the last Canada-based club standing among the final four in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Well, think again.

“Dear rest of Canada — please get your own hockey team” was the headline to an opinion article last week in The Vancouver Sun, encapsulating the leave-us-alone attitude many Canucks fans are taking in the face of a roiling swelling of both affection and, more often, revulsion for their team across the country.

The columnist, Pete McMartin, cited the mounting evidence of recent days that Canadians had turned on the Canucks for having several top players who are American or Swedish, and playing in Vancouver, traditionally derided as a mild-weather Lotus Land by those from east of British Columbia.

He cited the hundreds of “virulently anti-Canuck” messages on a Calgary Web site posted during the Canucks-Predators series; an interview in an Edmonton paper with a Finnish hockey writer based in Vancouver who said: “How Canadian a city is Vancouver to start with? It never snows. It never freezes”; and various pronouncements from writers and bloggers across Canada disavowing any ...

March 25, 2011

Darwin, eh?

Filed under: Canada,creationism,Evolution — Razib Khan @ 9:29 am

At The Intersection Sheril Kirshenbaum posts some rather stark data from Gallup and a Canadian outfit on the differences in attitudes toward evolution between Americans and Canadians. Those Tories are different! The answers seem very similar to those on offer for the General Social Survey’s “CREATION” question. I thought I’d compare Canadians to various American demographics. The question was asked in 2004 of over 1,400 Americans. I find it somewhat ironic in that I think there has been some question as to the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and his attitude toward evolution. Harper is a member of the Evangelical Protestant Christian and Missionary Alliance (and apparently has appointed known Creationists to various government positions, something controversial or notable in Canada). In contrast, Barack Hussein Obama is famously more grounded in evolution than angels.

Humans… Were created by God in the last 10,000 years Evolved through natural selection Evolved over time through divine guidance DK/NR Canada, 2011 14 58 19 8 USA, 2010 40 16 38 6 God created man Man has evolved Man has evolved, but god guided Other USA, 2004 43 12 42 4 Demographics Male 38 14 44 4 Female 47 11 40 3 Age 18-34 38 11 48 3 Age 35-64 43 13 40 4 Age 64- 49 13 37 2 No diploma 47 13 36 4 HS diploma 49 10 38 3 College degree 32 15 50 4 Graduate degree 21 26 49 4 Protestant 55 6 37 3 Catholic 37 8 52 3 No Religion 20 32 43 6 Democrat 37 17 44 2 Independent 44 11 41 5 Republican 48 7 40 5 White 41 14 42 3 Black 57 6 34 4 New England 25 15 51 10 Mid-Atlantic 32 15 50 3 E. North Central 42 10 46 2 W. North Central 37 15 46 2 South Atlantic 55 12 28 5 E. South Central 52 6 41 2 W. South Central 53 6 38 3 Mountain 43 13 42 2 Pacific 30 18 46 6

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December 22, 2009

Canada & North American theocracy

Filed under: Canada — Razib @ 12:45 am

In the comments Europeans often point out that nations we Americans consider very secular, such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, actually provide state subsidy to religious schools. Part of the issue here is that Americans have a caricature of Europeans in mind, just as Europeans often have a caricature of Americans. Though in terms of their personal beliefs most Europeans are more secular than most Americans, that does not mean that we Americans can infer from that particularities of how Europeans organize their relationship between church & state. When the American republic was founded a proactive effort was made to separate the national government from any particular church or religion (a precedent which was eventually followed by the states in the early 19th century). At that time even nations with a reputation for religious tolerance, such as the Netherlands, arguably treated their minorities as what we would recognize today as “dhimmis” (see Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe).

And yet despite the lack of national promotion of one particular sect America remains an exceptionally religious nation, at least by belief. Most European societies took different tracks (I think one major confusion by Americans is the idea that there is one European outlook on particular questions). Which brings me to a weird historical oddity I recently stumbled upon: Newfoundland had a purely sectarian public school system until 1997. You can read about it here. This system seems to be what the Catholic Church would have preferred in the 19th century for the United States, as the public school system was strongly tinged with Protestant presuppositions (e.g., reading Protestant Bibles). In the United States the Church lost. In Newfoundland it looks like they obtained a satisfactory compromise.

(the title is a joke, Canadians supposedly have a sense of humor)

Addendum: Before a Canadian points this out, yes, I’m aware that some provinces still allow for tax-support of sectarian schools.

November 16, 2009

South Park does its homework

Filed under: Canada,Superfluous North America — Razib @ 7:46 pm

Years ago there was a South Park episode which commented on the primitive nature of Canadian transportation. Turns out that there was some truth to the jibe (via Tyler).

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