RE: A Trend In Judaism.

FoxesHaveHoles (which sounds pornographic to me) did a blog with the above title here, sans the “RE:”, about how much more successful and brilliant jews seem to be than everyone else, an excerpt:

“Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates.

Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.”

Etc.  You get the general idea.

This is my response, which I thought blog-worthy:

It’s worth noting that approximately half of american jews are not… jewish.  Jews tend to be very secular, 43% of israeli jews define themselves as “non-religious” (source).  This is in keeping with the national academy of sciences in the US being well over 95% atheistic, as well as the british royal society and other similar organizations of  top scientists and most of academia being overwhelmingly secular.

So one could argue that their success is coincidental to their ethnicity and perhaps even to some degree exists despite the religion associated with it.


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6 Responses to RE: A Trend In Judaism.

  1. splinter1591 says:

    Judism is a culture as well as a religion, perhaps they were talking about the former and not the later?goes to read the others post will be back later

  2. agnophilo says:

    @splinter1591 -Isn’t the culture a religious culture though?  Wouldn’t a secular person not do 99% of the cultural stuff?

  3. splinter1591 says:

    @agnophilo – oh no.  they do.  A lot of them still even go to temple and such.And even if they don’t, a HUGE part of the culture is being the best possible person you can be, both to yourself and to others. (this includes academia)  The whole point of the religion is to help a person reach that goal for the most part.

  4. First, I must say that I am surprised that my small blog has made a blip on your radar. I find it most surprising, however, that this particular entry was one that you felt response-worthy as it featured next to no comments from me and, furthermore, it was an article on Judaism which is a religion that I do not adhere to. That being said, what I can ascertain from your comments is that you believe I posted this article to promote the following of Religion (or perhaps a certain Religion, or perhaps even Abrahamic Religions) because it causes one to accomplish great things. I can understand the thinking that would lead to this, especially as I did not give any of my own thoughts on the article explaining my own feelings and intentions behind it. For this reason I have decided to expound a bit.As your comment stated, many Jews are non-practicing. However, as the article states, Jews ethnically make up only 2% of the population in America, yet are responsible for up to 51% of achievements in any given field, which means that a high percentage of Jews are at the top of whatever field they are in. Now, unless one takes a racially motivated approach to this, it almost certainly must be understood as a cultural trend, stemming from a religious history of being “learning-based.” What, then, is the implication that I am trying to draw from this? Well, Christianity, being an off-shoot of Judaism, mostly the Protestant-Evangelical wing of Christianity, tends to not focus on learning at all (a point that I’m sure you would agree with). They tend to be very dogmatic and single-minded in an attempt to prove points that are clearly wrong. I’m not sure that there is a person who would say that Jesus came to create a people who were utterly ignorant to the world around them nor would any of his teachings point to such a line of thought, so there is clearly some separation existing between Christianity and Judaism, and I, personally, would have to side with the Jewish line of thought that promotes education.Secondly, I do understand the contexts that would have my username sound pornographic, but, with the rise of popularity in the “that’s what she said” humor, anything with the right syllabic stress or misinterpretation can have the same characteristic. 

  5. agnophilo says:

    @foxes_have_holes – I didn’t attribute motives to your blog or even really disagree with it, just commented on it, adding information, and then thought I’d blog my comment because it’s interesting.I’m not as familiar with jewish culture so I can’t say, though it’s also worth mentioning that you can also make a case for cultural bias on the part of the committees that decide who enters what college, gets what award etc. 

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