We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason. Atheist "intellectuals" speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant. The
A new Pew report predicts what the world's religious composition will look like in 2050.
<p>Brookings Senior Fellow William Frey estimates that by the year 2044 whites will no longer be a majority in the U.S. This quick overview of American demographics highlights the importance of closing gaps in education and employment so all Americans are prepared to contribute to the future workforce.</p>
A contribution from Neal Gorenflo of Shareable magazine on the intersection between complexity theory-based stages of social evolution, and p2p strategies for social change: "My colleague Michel Bauwens asked me to share some thoughts about the timing of a shift to a P2P world using the panarchy model developed by the Resilience Alliance as a... Continue reading ...
A story of drinkers, genocide, and unborn girls
An argument that society and families-and you-will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
This is a surfer's dream: catching a great wave, far from the shore, and riding it for long beautiful moments as it stretches further and further gathering momentum until the very end, when it breaks right at the beach. This is how my generation, born in the 1970s (when the Beach Boys released their iconic Surf's Up album), should feel, as we are riding on a "global
The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said. There were an estimated
The share of Italian women opting out of childbearing has risen in the last ten years to become the highest in Europe.
Rick Santorum is unhappy that older people, who tend to vote Republican, are getting insurance via the ACA
Despite low spending on health, a weak health system and widespread poverty, Bangladesh has achieved great strides in life
China's finally starting to reckon with the health consequences of decades of pollution. An official at the top economic planning agency just acknowledged pollution's toll on people's mental and physical health. But for many, that's too little too late. Such as for China's youngest lung cancer patient (link in Chinese), an 8 year old girl. And for the 40 million people between 20 and 40-about 12.5% of that population-who have fertility problems.
America's rich generally have better schools, tidier parks and more trees. But are their neighborhoods also more likely to be mapped by Google?
In a column recently published in the NY Times, Robert Reich, - UC Berkeley professor, author and former Secretary of Labor, - wrote about his experience while in an airport to catch a flight. A well-dressed man approached him and...
Every 30 seconds, two non-Hispanics reach retirement age and one Latino turns 18. The Latino baby boom will affect every aspect of American life.
Old trends: Soaring US carbon dioxide emissions, skyrocketing medical costs, out-of-control deficits. New trends: Tumbling emissions, creeping medical costs, falling deficits.
60 million women - that's nearly the entire population of the United Kingdom - are missing in India. Why?
The agendas that are set so solemnly for international (or global) food and hunger problems cannot be used at the sub-national or local administrative level, which must analyse its own problems and find practical solutions, All too often, catering sensibly to the food needs of urban populations is ignored by policy makers, while economic 'development' (more infrastructure, more financing, more consumption, more personal mobility at the cost of public transport) is welcomed. The provisioning of food and the planning for shortening and localising food supply chains is usually abandoned by public administrators to the ruthless methods of the market