Monday, May 23, 2005

Gallup Poll - American & Evolution.

A poll is only a poll but still... this Gallup Poll has pretty scary results:
Only about a third of Americans believe that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is a scientific theory that has been well supported by the evidence, while just as many say that it is just one of many theories and has not been supported by the evidence. The rest say they don't know enough to say. Forty-five percent of Americans also believe that God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago. A third of Americans are biblical literalists who believe that the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.
Pretty amazing, eh? Any idea why that is? It baffles me...

UPDATE:
According to new reasearch findings: "People with prefrontal brain damage suffer from difficulties in understanding other people's mental states, and they lack empathy," said study co-author Simone Shamay-Tsoory, a researcher at the University of Haifa. "Therefore, they can't understand what the speaker really is talking about, and get only the literal meaning."
No empathy + limited understanding... humm... who could thay be? Why, yes, a Theo-Con of course!

2 Comments:

At 01:38, Anonymous kstrygg said...

Probably because they were never taught it. I was looking for some old college texts and among them was my high school biology book. I took a quick inventory of the table of contents and low and behold...no evolution. No Darwin. Maybe it's tucked away in there somewhere waiting to be found on closer examination. But a huge concept like that in not in the contents page. Is HS biology even required these days?

 
At 19:18, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you kstrygg, I don't remember covering much on evolution until I took a biology class in college, oddly enough a Christian college! I remember that it was a bit controversial for us Christian students but the professor assured us we weren't losing our salvation by studying evolution. I just don't understand how I once thought like that, except that I grew up in a very conservative church where stuff like that was frowned upon.

 

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