A whole pile of Evolution Education news

The annual Gallup Poll on how dumb Americans are has come out, and they got less dumb.

A new Gallup poll on public opinion about evolution hints at a slightly higher rate of acceptance of evolution in the United States over the years. Asked in December 2010 “[w]hich of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings,” 38% of the respondents accepted “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process,” 16% accepted “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process,” and 40% accepted “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.”


Details here.


The NCSE has compiled a year-end list of the top ten stories related to evolution (vis-a-vis evo-creo and education) of the year. Check it out.

We just passed the fifth anniversary (Dec. 17th) of theKitzmiller vs. Dover decision. Here’s a review of what PZ Myers calls “Kitzmas” … the annual celebration of this event. And, another story about Kitzmas is here.

These are all courtesy of the National Center for Science Education.

Comments

  1. #1 Nemo
    December 21, 2010

    Less dumb, but still awfully dumb. It’s depressing.

    Until just a few years ago, I’d been under the delusion that creationism was almost as much of a fringe position among the general public as it was scientifically. Sure, I knew that most people were still religious, but I assumed that they were theistic evolutionists (which was the way I’d been raised myself). It was shocking when I learned the real situation. It’s as if half of the adult population actually believed in Santa Claus. (Hell, maybe they do.)

  2. #2 Phillip IV
    December 21, 2010

    The annual Gallup Poll on how dumb Americans are has come out, and they got less dumb.

    Oh god, Rupert Murdoch is going to go ballistic – this could easily cost Roger Ailes his job.

  3. #3 MadScientist
    December 24, 2010

    Accommodationism rul3z! Well, I expect to see that claim soon. See, “Rockstars of Science” wasn’t even printed that long ago … proof! proof!

  4. #4 MacTurk
    December 24, 2010

    Oh dear. 16% is an IMPROVEMENT?

    Very much “Oh dear”.