August 10, 2006

Charles Darwin really needs a posse in the US.

Read it and weep.


Results of international study on acceptance of evolution

Don't look for the US anywhere near the top.
[Graphic: Science]


A comparison of peoples' views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower.

Among the factors contributing to America's low score are poor understanding of biology, especially genetics, the politicization of science and the literal interpretation of the Bible by a small but vocal group of American Christians, the researchers say.

"American Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist, which is why Turkey and we are so close," said study co-author Jon Miller of Michigan State University.


Via LiveScience.

Posted by Magpie at August 10, 2006 12:55 PM | Science | TrackBack(3) | Technorati links |
Comments

Mmm. I'd love to see where India's and China's growing middle class would fit in this survey.

Posted by: Fifi at August 10, 2006 08:06 PM

China, India?

Squarely ahead of the US. Prolly Pakistan is ahead of the US - only a few fundamentalist populations actually think that Science is some sort of Religion.

Posted by: Crissa at August 10, 2006 11:10 PM

What is the significance of the numbers in brackets beside the country name? Who did
this survey?.......j

Posted by: Joan Crocker at August 11, 2006 07:02 AM

What is the significance of the numbers in brackets beside the country name? Who did
this survey?.......j

Posted by: Joan Crocker at August 11, 2006 07:02 AM

"What is the significance of the numbers in brackets beside the country name? Who did
this survey?.......j"

The numbers in brackets indicates how many people answered the question. Jon Miller of Michigan State University is one of the coauthors.

Posted by: fishdude at August 11, 2006 07:32 AM

Man, it pains me to see the Slovak Republic get it more than we do. When I was there it amazed me how many well-educated professionals were enthusiastic UFOlogists and Jewish-International-Conspiracy adherents. All that, and they are still way ahead of us on evolution.

Posted by: John I at August 11, 2006 10:08 AM

where's Canada?

Posted by: heather at August 11, 2006 10:42 AM

It's north of the United States.

Posted by: durakje at August 11, 2006 11:41 AM

Don't forget Poland!

Posted by: Harry R. Sohl at August 11, 2006 05:24 PM

my pattern recognition is seeing either greyhound or pepsi in that graph.......

Posted by: r@d@r at August 11, 2006 09:51 PM

That's embarrassing.

Posted by: U.S. Citizen at August 12, 2006 09:26 AM

I can make anyone believe in evolution. ANYONE! REALLY!!!/>

If you don't believe in evolution, look at the chart of the evolution of man. George W. Bush is the 3rd one from the right. See? See the brow? The stupid, thugish look?

BTW, Cheney is the one trying to get his sneer and little flippers on the shore.


Case closed!!!

Posted by: c u n d gulag at August 12, 2006 04:42 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention, if you think this is upsetting, check out how well we're doing with infant martality and literacy.

Posted by: c u n d gulag at August 12, 2006 04:48 PM