Thursday, July 20
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that pie chart from a representative poll? If so, I'm going to pack it in and move to a cave right now.

Clear said...

My understanding is that it's consistent with representative poll numbers, so you better get packing for that cave, Anon.

CMT said...

FSM, I hope that's not true. Maybe it was taken from a small sample size, somewhere in the bible belt? Please.

There was a truly alarming discussion at my school about how we should be kind and respectful of creationist ideas as we teach science. That part wasn't so alarming, because it was presented by people who wouldn't know any better. The alarming part was that there were academics in the room who either didn't understand that "theory" is a rigorous term in science or who didn't care, and were supportive of teaching creationism in science*. These were faculty. I'm not making this up!

*I'm all for it being discussed in meta-science or religion courses, etc., but not in science.

fraud, in denim said...

Using data collected in 2004 from a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, I got slightly different numbers: 42% god created man; 42% man has evolved, but god guided; 12% man has evolved; 4% other.

Still just as many people believe god had something to do with who man is, but more note evolution in the response.

CMT said...

Well, given that we have no way to determine what caused evolution to be the mechanism, I'm not so upset by people wanting to think that it's a mechanism devised by some random deity. It's the decision that evolution couldn't possibly be the mechanism that gets me.

Also, there's the even more appalling necessary assumption that all the evidence support evolution must have been "planted" -- which is necessary if one wants to believe man was created from dust. So really, we're just like pets in a cage, or gold fish, and this is stuff put in there for us to play with. Not a wildly attractive concept to me.

Cerise said...

Yes, I've never understood why people would be so eager to go with the "God is fucking with us" account for the fossil record.

Clear said...

I absolutely love the graphic design for this, btw.

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