Monday, January 26, 2015

Google Factoid: "North Carolina Religion"

Google and Bing do a lot more than just index web pages on the Internet. I use them to define words, do simple math (addition, multiplication, etc), get the weather or current time for another location, and convert between different currencies among other things.

Quick instant answers to factual queries can be helpful too - see "confirmation bias" or "operant conditioning" for example:

A search for "united states religion" results in a Google factoid (via ABC News) that informs us that "Eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Most of the rest, 13 percent, have no religion. That leaves just 4 percent as adherents of all non-Christian religions combined — Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a smattering of individual mentions."

And a search on "religion state" usually provides some (questionable) state-level religious demographics as well. For example, "religion north carolina" tells us that "47.51% of the people in North Carolina are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion. 4.28% are Catholic; 0.81% are LDS; 7.10% are another Christian faith; 0.19% in North Carolina, NC are Jewish; 0.25% are an eastern faith; 0.27% affilitates with Islam."

Note that some states have different Google factoids for "state religion" than for "religion state" - take for example, "texas religion" which explains that, according to the Texas State Historical Association, "The Catholic Church was the established religion of Texas until late in the Mexican era..."

Or try "north carolina religion"- yep, my own state now has its own Google factoid to commemorate the "high-profile religious extremism" (Time) of some of our state legislators...

Or see "north carolina state religion"...
Sorry, nothing yet for "motorcycle vagina"...

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