Saturday, August 12, 2006

Americans not developed from earlier species of animals

Science magazine via booman's place
Adults were asked to respond to the following statement: "Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals."

In the U.S., only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was "definitely true," while about a third firmly rejected the idea.

In European countries, including Denmark, Sweden, and France, more than 80 percent of adults surveyed said they accepted the concept of evolution.

The proportion of western European adults who believed the theory "absolutely false" ranged from 7 percent in Great Britain to 15 percent in the Netherlands.
The investigation also showed that the percentage of U.S. adults who are uncertain about evolution has risen from 7 percent to 21 percent in the past 20 years.


oldschool said...

Well I'm feeling pretty good about us vis-a-vis Turkey.

Poland is kicking our ass?

lukery said...

amazing. even the polish pope accepted evolution....

there's more here

rimone said...

then maybe it's a good thing so many Americans don't have passports and so, stay out of the UK. they'd have heart attacks seeing Charles Darwin on every ten quid note.


lukery said...

it'd be wrong of me to wish heart failure on 30% of the american electorate. so i wont.

perhaps i'll leave it at 'if we argue with them over there, we won't have to argue with them over here'

alex said...

As ever US faux Correspondent and now News Anchor Stephen Colbert encapsulates the US intellectual dilemma perfectly

"The President and I... we're not so different. We get it. We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We're not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right sir? That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book.

Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term."


lukery said...

thnx alex - that speech really was a highlight.