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Worldwide, Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality

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"The position [that belief in God is essential to morality] is highly prevalent, if not universal, in Africa and the Middle East. At least three-quarters in all six countries surveyed in Africa say that faith in God is essential to morality.   People in richer nations tend to place less emphasis on the need to believe in God to have good values than people in poorer countries do."

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God Is.'s curator insight, January 20, 7:49 AM

Interesting data in several different ways...Can draw different conclusions from this, and perhaps shed light on things that need to be modified/changed as it pertains to our belief... A balancing act of sorts...Thank you for curating this... Maybe it will help will cure certain beliefs we hold, individually, and collectively...

Jason Schneider's curator insight, January 26, 7:37 PM

It would make sense that Indonesia is one of the most religious countries in the world being that it has the highest Muslim population. Also, I never thought of Europe as being religious countries which is why I am not surprised that 70% of Europe does not believe that the belief in God needs to be moral. Another reason why I am not surprised is because they are more popular for their ethnic groups such as the french group, italian group and german group. Also, they don't have focused religions. For example, Buddhism was originated in Nepal and worshipped mostly in China, Hinduism was originated in India, Jewish was originated in Israel and Islam was originated in Saudi Arabia and it's practiced mostly in Indonesia and Pakistan. That explains why most parts of Asia (at least southern Asia) has practices specific religions.

Chris Plummer's curator insight, January 27, 11:58 PM

Summary- This figure explains the relationship between regions and their morality based on a God. It is evident what in North America is is almost a 50 50 tie between between believing in god is essential for morality. Only is Europe does God seem less important than the rest of the world. There are other countries such as Chile, Argentina, or Australia that have these same beliefs, but for the most part, most countries see a believe in God as an essential to morality. 


Insight- In unit 3 we study the distributions of many things, religion included. Why do so many poorer countries have a stronger faith in God than wealthier ones? It may be because if their ethnic backgrounds, but I think there is more to it. I think when a country is poorer, more people reach out to their God for help. I also think that in wealthier countries there are distractions from religion such as video games and other mass produced technologies that get in the way of people researching their faith.

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Assessing Online Sources

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Tweet from Earth Pics (screenshot preserved for when it gets taken down).  Retweeted over 1,000 times in the first hour.

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

students need to be very careful in the type of sources that they used to glean information. People can manipulate photos and suggest things as fact when they are completetly made up. It is understandable that Wikipedia can not be used as an entireyl reliable source because people have access to add whatever they want to the content matter. Photoshop and other online tools can be used to trick people into beleiving certain things. This photo claiming to be from ireland is really from Thailand is a small island but the castle itself on the top os photoshoped and the image was retweeded like crazy within the first hor. wee must check our sources and make sure that we are getting good primary or at least good secondary services from legit websites.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2014 5:08 PM

This just shows that you can't believe everything you see on the internet. In this picture it is said to be of an island in Ireland but in reality it is in Thailand. People believe what they want to believe.

morgan knight's curator insight, October 8, 2014 1:00 PM

Before reading this article, I assumed that I was capable of telling fictional from factual information apart. But now, after having my eyes opened, I realize that the internet can truly play you like a puppet. From this article, I've now learned that there are more ways than one to judge the authenticity of a site. one such way is to search for an "original" copy of whatever it may be that you're researching. If none pop up, you have the true article.

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Brazil and Europe

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, February 19, 8:53 PM

That is a whole lot of potential culture in one country.  

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 5, 10:21 AM

This map/infographic really puts things into perspective. Generally, we tend to think of Russia, China, or Canada, among others when we think of large countries. Somehow, Brazil doesn't always spring to mind despite the fact that it really is quite large. Any country which could fit more than half the countries of Europe within its borders is clearly not a small one. These kinds of things are always very interesting to me personally because they really provide some perspective about how we perceive the world and some misconceptions that we may have about certain things. 


I think this map/infographic also exposes a big problem that we run into with map projections. Many times, maps end up being so distorted and skewed (usually to the benefit of North America/U.S.) that the rest of the world appears very different than it actually is. Africa usually appears much smaller than it actually is, Europe and the United States appear larger than they are, and distances and scales are butchered. South America, and Brazil in particular, are by no means immune to this phenomenon, so it is no surprise that many people don't realize just how big it is. Unfortunately, it takes an image like the one above for people to realize just how big some countries are and how unreliable map projections can be. 

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 2:34 PM

"Have you ever wanted to be the center of attention so badly that you cut Asia in half?" This question comes from the notion of euro-centricity in maps, portraying America and Europe as the centers of the world, distorting the worlds perspective. In the same way, people tend to view Europe as a massive entity that dominates the northern hemisphere, leaving other countries to live in their shadow as smaller entities. Brazil is the biggest country in South America, but is dwarfed in its depiction in maps and globes. This is similar to what is seen in Africa. People's sense of spacial awareness is warped by inaccuracy in maps.  

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Macro or Micro? Test Your Sense of Scale

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A geographer and a biologist at Salem State University team up to curate a new exhibition, featuring confounding views from both satellites and microscopes

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Dean Haakenson's curator insight, October 17, 2013 6:15 PM

So cool!

Siri Anderson's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:46 PM

Gives a whole new meaning to the sense of scale.

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:18 PM

Try your eyes at this!