Monday, November 22, 2004

The Triumph of Ignorance

Our hopes for overturning the theocracy which seems to be replacing American democracy looks like an uphill battle based upon a recent Gallup poll:

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.

I fear this data goes along with other data on the difference between blue and red state voters previously noted here (Stupid Enough to Vote for Bush).

3 Comments:

Blogger IFK Editor said...

Your post reminded me of a recent National Geographic article which stated exactly the same info. (Either the October or November 2004 issue if your readers would like to know more.)

We're still battling to teach evolution in schools too, especially in rural communities.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Pamela Leavey said...

This is my favorite graphic from Willis!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Part of the problem (and only part) is that the public does not understand what "theory" means when used in "theory of evolution."

8:47 PM  

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