Reality check: Is the world Evil according to Google?

The basis for many sects is a belief that the world is evil.  Just about everything the truthsayers, Stanford and Chiappalone, have said is based on this.  It is the reason they say that the world will be “totally destroyed”, why we must scoff at thy neighbour, “SCLOMP”, etc. No doubt there is a capability in us to do bad. But what about the good?  If there is a substantial potential for good in people as well, personally and collectively, doubt could strongly be cast on their claim that the world is evil.  Moreover, if the world is in fact amok with evilness, one would expect if there were some barometer about human consciousness and activity, it would indicate very strongly towards bad.

A great barometer of we humans in consciousness and what we are about, lies in all the web material on the Internet – comprised of about a trillion pages.  A simple way of measuring good and bad from it, is to count the occurrence of positive and negative words across those trillion pages.  If Stanford and Chiappalone are right, then negativity should overwhelmingly pervade the web.  ie the words murder, rape, sad… should occur much more often than love, play, joy….

Using fairly extensive lists of positive and negative words, containing about 2000 and 6500 words respectively, and Google to obtain counts for each word, as the number of pages containing each word, results are shown below.

The first graph shows the total number of hits across all words for categories positive/good and negative/evil.  The numbers it will be noticed are very large numbers thanks to Google’s broad reach into just about everything on the Web.  Evidently, rather than evil overwhelming good as Stanford and Chiappalone keep telling us, it is the other way around.  And not marginally.

Total Web Page Hits for Positive and Negative Words
Total Web Page Hits for Positive and Negative Words

The second graph beneath provides a short breakdown of the first, showing frequencies for the most frequently occurring positive and negative words.  The higher counts for positive words is evident here also.

Top-Ranked Hits for Positive and Negative Words
Top-Ranked Hits for Positive and Negative Words

While this measure of goodness in people, via the full content of the Web, is only an approximate one, the reader may nonetheless conclude that these results cast significant doubt on the claim that our world, according to Stanford and Chiappalone, is evil.

Data:   positive word hits, negative word hits (using google.com).

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