Growth numbers of non-religious in America

From Wikipedia:

"A 2001 survey directed by Dr. Ariela Keysar for the City University of New York indicated that, amongst the more than 100 categories of response, "no religious identification" had the greatest increase in population in both absolute and percentage terms. This category included atheists, agnostics, humanists, and others with no theistic religious beliefs or practices. Figures are up from 14.3 million in 1990 to 34.2 million in 2008, representing a proportionate increase from 8% of the total in 1990 to 15% in 2008.[4] Another nation-wide study puts the figure of unaffiliated persons at 16.1%.[23]"

The actual numbers are 8.2% to 15.2% but are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2008 minus 1990 = 18 years

15.2% minus 8.2% = 7%

2080 minus 2010 = 70 years

70 / 18 = 3.89 cycles (rounded up to the nearest hundred decimal)

3.89 * 7% = 27.23 percent more

27.23% + 15.2% = 42.43%

70 years from now if the percentage increase continues at its current state and does not rise or lower, the U.S. will have a 42.43% of non-religious society.

Now let us take into account that also other religions are on the rise from Christians leaving Christianity into Judaism and Islam as well as Hinduism. So these numbers are also taking away from the christian majority. Also those who lose their faith becoming Atheists this is also taking away from Christianity. Then take into account that with more publicity and acceptance of Atheism more and more people will be comfortable with stating their inability to accept logically fallacious claims of religion. So it is more likely that the growth percentage rate will increase. As it has been on the rise in the past 30 years.

I'd say the figures are more than likely to be closer to or even above 50% nonreligious in the U.S. by 2080. The numbers are speculative, but since the numbers are based on historical facts they are reasonably more likely a true projection over anything anyone else can offer and if you look at the math from the American Physical Society the patterns are similar to my math projections. Link below.

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Comment by Shane Jones on March 25, 2011 at 4:36pm
yeah, but its not a compounded rate.
Comment by Ashleigh Carter on March 25, 2011 at 1:37pm
Cybernetic brains?? Sign me up!!
Comment by Jim DePaulo on March 25, 2011 at 1:24pm
If the 7% is a compounded rate then by 2022 there will be 30.4 % non-theists, by 2032 60.8% non-theist and it will be zero by 2042 - hope springs eternal.
Comment by Shane Jones on March 24, 2011 at 5:09pm
@ Ashliegh Carter,
That might be true, but then again it is far closer to any other projections I have seen. Because I haven't seen any directly related to the U.S. information only in the first place. Plus if the truth about the projections for cybernetics happening in the next 20-40 years are at all true. If the human mind can be connected to a computer chip and the brains memory recall be enhanced as well as the learning curve be reduced. Once a human mind realizes the logical implications of falsifiable claims you cannot unlearn it. No matter how much a human tries, without the aid of brain damage, you cannot re-believe in Santa. I did not include this because cybernetic projections have been tossed out since the 80's and their speculative numbers have always been inaccurate I did not include it as a factor. Once cybernetics comes into play I'd wager an almost instantaneous death of religion in anyone who get "plugged in."
Comment by Ashleigh Carter on March 24, 2011 at 3:17pm
There's one problem I can see that might throw a monkey wrench into this machine. America still has high rates of immigration from Mexico which is a very religous country of the christian persuasion. I would imagine that this will markedly decrease the rate at which atheism grows in this country.



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