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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:40 PM

Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds



This chart depicts the public acceptance of evolution theory in 34 countries in 2005. Adults were asked to respond to the statement: "Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals." The percentage of respondents who believed this to be true is marked in blue; those who believed it to be false, in red; and those who were not sure, in yellow.

A study of several such surveys taken since 1985 has found that the United States ranks next to last in acceptance of evolution theory among nations polled. Researchers point out that the number of Americans who are uncertain about the theory's validity has increased over the past 20 years.

Chart courtesy Jon Miller, et al./Science

Full Story at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060810-evolution.html

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Playinghardball Jan 2013 OP
Silent3 Jan 2013 #1
hunter Jan 2013 #5
Warren DeMontague Jan 2013 #2
Zoeisright Jan 2013 #3
longship Jan 2013 #4
sakabatou Jan 2013 #6
eltopomaravilloso Jan 2013 #7
smirkymonkey Jan 2013 #8
octoberlib Jan 2013 #9

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:45 PM

1. If only ignorance were a profitable export

We could wipe out the national debt.

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Response to Silent3 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:28 PM

5. Who say's it's not profitable?

Sadly, the only thing this ignorance is wiping out is our natural environment and then our civilization.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:58 PM

2. Depressing.

And we wonder why we're losing high tech jobs.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:58 PM

3. Yep, lots of stupid people in this country.

Sad to say, but it's true.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:07 PM

4. Old news. This same demographic goes back decades.

I was fortunate to be in 10th grade biology in 1964 when amongst the first BSCS high school biology textbooks were in the classroom (BSCS = Biological Sciences Curriculum Study -- they were born out of the Sputnik launch, but are still active BSCS).

My teacher was wonderful, and was the only black teacher in the school. It was my favorite class in high school. Mr. Lockett was one of those teachers who would change people's lives. He did for me. I didn't go into biology; I went into physics. But Mr. Lockett was my first exposure to real science, and it was a revelation.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:28 PM

6. We're idiots!

But this is some old data.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:35 PM

7. As an atheist, this saddens but doesn't surprise me.

And I wish I could move to one of the enlightened countries at the top.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:23 PM

8. Wow! We are so dumb.

I guess I am not that surprised.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:26 PM

9. This is embarrassing. nt

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