Apr. 14th, 2010

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Through The Scholarly Kitchen:

http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2010/04/13/the-trouble-with-the-truth-denialism-science-religion-and-politics/

"Recently, two topics — the Big Bang and evolution — were excised by the National Science Board (NSB) from a National Science Foundation (NSF) report of attitudes and practices around science education in America. The change was made at the last minute, after the White House had approved a draft containing the sections that were later eliminated. Science broke the story about the controversy in its news section."

This led me to read the part of the study that had been removed, and I think the result is shocking:

"...only 39% of Americans say they believe in the theory of evolution, 25% say they do not believe in this theory, and 36% do not have an opinion on this subject either way".

"In response to another group of questions on evolution asked by Gallup in 2008, 43% of Americans agreed with the statement that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so...”

"These views on the origin of human beings have remained virtually unchanged in nine surveys since the questions were first asked in 1982..."


http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/assets/2010/04/08/chapter7_insider_excerpt.pdf

Creationism is beating basic, proven science. Wow. I mean, just wow. I don't think I even know someone who believes in creationism in real life. No wonder basic equal rights like gay marriage can't get through if so many people believe in the biblical fictions. 10,000 years indeed.
selene_13: (Dean)
A nice analysis of the Dean/Lisa scene at the of 5.17 here:

http://amonitrate.livejournal.com/507877.html

I really enjoyed both the ep and that scene, which I thought was very sweet, and have a response in relation to this ep that I left elsewhere copied here )

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