February 12, 2009

Let's Evolve

Lots of articles, podcasts, and videos through variousnews-portals today (and even a Facebook group) as the world celebrate's Darwin's and Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday.

 Picture from this site.

Alas...here in the US:
From: Miller JD, Scott EC, Okamoto S, Public acceptance of evolution. Science 313:765-766, 2006.

I'll just leave you with this Gallup Poll about Education, Religion, and Evolution in the US.
On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a new Gallup Poll shows that only 39% of Americans say they "believe in the theory of evolution," while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36% don't have an opinion either way. These attitudes are strongly related to education and, to an even greater degree, religiosity.

There is a strong relationship between education and belief in Darwin's theory, as might be expected, ranging from 21% of those with high-school educations or less to 74% of those with postgraduate degrees.
Those with high-school educations or less are much more likely to have no opinion than are those who have more formal education. Still, among those with high-school educations or less who have an opinion on Darwin's theory, more say they do not believe in evolution than say they believe in it.
For all other groups, and in particular those who have at least a college degree, belief is significantly higher than nonbelief.
More data and graphs at the link.

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