Saturday, March 01, 2008







Reference: Study of Muslim beliefs provides lesson for policy-makers, Bangkok Post, February 29, 2008

The article says that a survey of 50,000 Muslims across the world shows that most of them are not extremists (Study of Muslim beliefs provides lesson for policy-makers, Bangkok Post, February 29, 2008). There may or may not be a lesson here for policy-makers but the lesson for garbage-in-garbage-out research-makers is that extremists by definition do not form the majority of any group. A similar study on crime may show that there is no crime in the world because most people are not criminals. The question is whether even a sliver of an extremist minority with sufficient critical mass can become a significant social problem. Statistical averages of a broad random sample do not address this question.

Cha-am Jamal
Thailand

1 comment:

Noman said...

Any practice of religion that makes it alright to impose their opinion on others or kill people if they convert to other religion should be banned.

Opinions on supernatural stuff which could not be proven right or wrong by any standard, can vary infinitely as there are no border on thoughts.

noman