Colin Purrington, he of the great textbook disclaimer stickers (and whose website is a treasure trove of information), is looking for some prison statistics:

A common theme in anti-evolution writings is that teaching kids about Darwin will cause them to lose all touch with morality, and will end up committing crimes. It might follow that evolutionary biologists themselves would be especially overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Therefore, I’d like to make a bar graph that shows the number of individuals with PhDs in evolutionary biology who are currently in prison. A possible control group to eliminate educational level might be “PhDs in theology” in prison (e.g., Kent Hovind).

Anyone have any ideas on how to get the data?

I’m not sure there will be enough data to make some sort of statistically meaningful comparison. One possible solution is to compare juvenile crime rates in districts where evolution is taught with those where evolution is not taught (controlling for income level and other variables, of course).

You can email Colin your suggestions of where he can find the data he is looking for.


  1. #1 _Arthur
    November 22, 2006

    How many Evolutionists or Atheists refuse to pay taxes quoting “Subornation of False Muster” ?

  2. #2 J-Dog
    November 22, 2006

    _Arthur – There is only The One! Noted Paleontologist Dr Dino!

    However, if we are allowed to project who is the Most Likely To Get a Future Con Of The Year Award, I think it is a toss-up between Buffalo Bill Dembski, and his leading disciple, sycophant DaveTard Springer Scott. It will be a lovers quarrel that turns ugly, and only the strong will survive, ironically giving more proof to evolution and furthering the downward spiral of ID.

    In a precedent setting decision, Federal Judge Jones agrees with the defendants wish that their death sentance be carried our via crucifixion.

    Always quick to take advantage of any money-making opportunity, the DI drew lots for the leftover soiled underwear, and sold them online to raise money for “ID research” and a new car for lead researcher Jonathan Wells.

  3. #3 Jonathan Badger
    November 22, 2006

    Well, there are statistics here that clearly show that prison inmates are less educated than the general population, but no details about what the educated inmates studied. Of course, even with that data, one could argue that few scientists are in prison not because they rarely commit crimes but because they are too smart to get caught when they do…

  4. #4 coturnix
    November 22, 2006

    Yeah, who is ever going to catch McGyver…

  5. #5 DragonScholar
    November 22, 2006

    Though we joke, I’d not be surprised if the argument “Evolutionist PHDs are only out of jail since they haven’t been caught” is used by IDists.

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