The American Association of Physics Teachers just published a study of 1,000 likely U.S. voters about science, religion, evolution, and creationism. The results are frightening. Here are some of the “highlights” of their study:
- 38% of Americans are in favor of the teaching of religion in public school science classrooms.
- 65% of Americans do not think that it is an important science goal to understand the origin and diversity of biological life on Earth.
- 47% of Americans believe that the earliest humans lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
- 21% of Americans do not believe that the continents move.
In fact, when we take a look at where we rank in the scheme of the world’s countries according to the PEW report in terms of acceptance of evolution, it isn’t a pretty sight; only 40% of Americans accept evolution as true, placing us 33 out of the 34 countries surveyed.
In fact, I point you to this video about how an eye evolves, but many people still think an eye is too complex to come from anything other than an intelligent designer.
How are we going to get people to believe the facts about how life, the world, and the Universe really works? There is one point of this article that gives me hope, though.
Now I’m going to read you a list of people who might get involved in explaining science to the public. Please tell me how interested you would be in hearing from each person about Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design.
- 77% interested (39% very interested) — A scientist
- 76% interested (26% very interested) — A science teacher
- 62% interested (20% very interested) — A member of the clergy
- 37% interested (12% very interested) — A Supreme Court Justice
- 30% interested (5% very interested) — An elected school board member
- 11% interested (2% very interested) — A celebrity
I wonder if I’m just going to have to get out there and make a damned documentary film about this myself. Oh, wait, I just might do that!