An increasingly Muslim world will be, ipso facto, most likely, an increasingly less enlightening world. No matter what Orwellian chicanery is spoon fed to the Western populace via propaganda, when building a bridge, or calculating the logistics of commodity distribution, 2 + 2 must always equal 4 and whilst words might be deliberately obfuscated in the mirk of moral and cultural relativism, mathematics will always retain its power.
An increasingly Muslim world will be, ipso facto, most likely, an increasingly less enlightening world. No matter what Orwellian chicanery is spoon fed to the Western populace via propaganda, when building a bridge, or calculating the logistics of commodity distribution, 2 + 2 must always equal 4 and whilst words might be deliberately obfuscated in the mirk of moral and cultural relativism, mathematics will always retain its power. An examination of the table below, showing the top countries in terms of scientific documents published in 2012, shouldn’t hold any surprises…
As we expected, all large, developed and industrialised economies.
However total output is hardly a fair comparison for the less populous nations, who may well be punching above their per capita weight in scientific contribution. So perhaps a better table is the one beneath, where we look at countries ranked by “Documents per capita”.
Now prodigious the output of the average Swiss citizen and/or scientist may be, we’ll pre-empt the egalitarian’s seemingly ubiquitous, copy + pasted response by agreeing that yes, these are relatively speaking, wealthy nations with per capita GDPs > $40,000 US per year and postulate that scientific output per capita does in fact rise with per Capita GDP.
This is where things do get interesting, because if we are trying to find the most efficient nation, in terms of possessing the cultural requisites for un-impeded scientific research, and deliberately side stepping any comment regarding correlation vs causation (in this case, Ayn-Randistic arguments stating that throwing cash at these nations won’t up their research budgets one iota) your humble author will happy go on record to concede that, of course there is a correlation between GDP per capita and published scientific documents per capita.
For the sake of mathematical simplicity we’ll assume a linear regression line (when in fact a logarithmic function shows a better fit) we can prove that on average, a country’s “Documents per Capita” does increase as the more wealthy a country relatively becomes – about 2 documents per 10,000 citizens for each additional increase of $10,000 in per Capita GDP by the world mean.
Ideally, despite the fact that it is usually a practical impossibility to achieve, we should never be happy with any error between a calculated result, and the data that reality provides us. We must be tenacious and ask ourselves if there are any additional quantifiable factors that will assist us to get those data points on top of the regression line and nail down the observed effect to the austere beauty of a single equation.
And looking at the scatter graph below, sadly, we can see our formula needs lots of work. As there are some quite large discrepancies between the expected Documents per capita / GDP and the actual in many cases.
Even an individual with little experience of these graphs can see that there appears to be a large variance in the data points, one of “Performers”, efficient at turning per capita GDP into scientific knowledge, and the “B” team in red: Dawdling along with very low outputs, despite rather fabulous per capita GDP wealth in some cases…
Hmmm, let’s manually fill in some of the country names occupying points of high variance to see if we can discern a pattern, eh?
It is observed that the “Performers” consist of mainly European nations and the world mean is being dragged down by a few dunces, such as Qatar, such as Canada (?) Kuwait and other Middle Eastern Cohorts.
Now, before we start adding another column to our data, namely “Degrees Latitude from Equator” or similar, which would no doubt show a correlation – no-one, not even a libtard, would seriously consider that geographical position affects human cognitive output. Moreover, there is another factor that is being proposed that can account for a proportion of this error. One that would give a cast a cultural caul over the nobility of science…
Islam: Or quantifiably, the percentage of a country’s population identified as being Islamic.
Below is a graph showing the vertical distance from the calculated regression line (expressed as a percentage from the regression line) versus the percentage of Islamic inhabitants against the total inhabitants.
Ding… ding… ding!
Whilst there are some under-performing “Western” nations, only 2 countries with an Islamic proportion over 60% makes a fair share to the world scientific knowledge pool on a GDP per capita + Documents per capita basis.
Whilst article will cause no shortage of estrogenic fury from the Cultural Relativists and Equalists, who will cling desperately to the fact there are also underperforming nations with an observed 0% Islamic population propofrtion and follow up that there isn’t an absolute, 1:1 match between Islamic demographics and increase in scientific output, the overall figures show another story based on probability and likelyhood. Aside: It is noted for the sheer comedic value that those who usually espouse cultural relativism often demand absolutes in arguments, when they also often state that their doctrine encompasses a more nebulous, holistic view of the world. Do they even realise this blatant contradiction?
*Summary: * This analysis merely relies on a quantitative argument and no discernment is made for the relative value of each document published. The further thought occurs that since most European nations seem hell bent on self-immolation via the flame of Islam, as derivative of their immigration programs, many of these published scientific documents may simply be submissions from leftist sociologists stating that cultural value judgements are only based on a confabulated reality, hence arbitrary in nature… to continue the self-flagellation of the West. They can say what they want, but… if there were a market based on future scientific documents with tradable liquidity, given the global trend for Islamification, this office suggests : Go short.