New Survey About Science Conducted By The British Council

Ten countries participated in the new survey about teaching science where it stated it had established an international consensus on accepting the hypothesis of evolution. With a description like that one would think there is this is not good news about creationism, right? Partly, it’s not good, but on the other hand, there is some good news.

About 10,000 people from Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the U.S. all took part in the survey. Communist China with it’s poor human rights record had the highest percentage (67 percent) of their responses which believed totally in the story telling of evolution while rejecting being designed first by supernatural intervention.

Here is what the survey says…

The results show that the majority of adults surveyed have heard of Charles Darwin and know at least a little about this theory of evolution with the highest levels in Great Britain (71%), the USA (71%), Mexico (68%), Argentina(65%), China (54%) and Russia (53%) whilst 62 percent of adults surveyed in Egypt and 73 percent in South Africa said they had never heard of Charles Darwin or his theory of evolution. Overall, the majority (70%) of adults surveyed across the 10 countries have at least heard of the British naturalist.

In all countries surveyed more people showed some agreement than disagreement that ‘it is possible to believe in a God and still hold the view that life on Earth, including human life, evolved over time as a result of natural selection’. Adults in India showed the highest level of agreement (85%) from all the countries, followed by Mexico(65%), Argentina (62%), South Africa (54%), Great Britain (54%), Russia (54%), USA (53%), Spain (46%), Egypt(45%), and China (39%).

Now the good news, less than half of the respondents in America believe there is enough scientific merit that verifies evolution!  There was no majority in any country that thought evolution should be the only alternative for explaining man’s origin!  Despite the slant on this survey, it’s clear that many people prefer opened ended science rather than closed to a particular framework!

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5 thoughts on “New Survey About Science Conducted By The British Council

  1. Michael’s puppetteer: “Now the good news, [sic] less than half of the respondents in America believe there is enough scientific merit that verifies evolution!:”

    If the fact of evolution were a popularity contest, this might be bad news for evolution. But, as Philip K. Dick, once remarked, :”Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

    Does part of your good news include poll rseults showing 60% of Americans read their horoscopes and believe in ghosts? That 55% of Americans believe in UFOs?

    More distressing is that 45% of Americans do not believe that global warming is real. Your grandchildren will merely laugh at you for not accepting evolution. But they will curse you and the horse you rode in on for not accepting global warming in time to do something to help them.

    An editorial in the newspaper this morning came up with a good term for this common malaise: “willful disbelief.” Fits creationist denialism to a T.

  2. Michael’s puppeteer: “Communist China with it’s poor human rights record had the highest percentage (67 percent) of their responses which believed totally in the story telling of evolution while rejecting being designed first by supernatural intervention.”

    Several of the major US drug companies have quietly moved their research operations to China in the past few years.

    Could there be any connection between these two?

    You can’t kill science with willful disbelief, but you can move it offshore.

  3. Tonight is the first of a three-part series on PBS about human evolution. The first installment has segments on Becoming Human, Evo-Devo, and The Evolution of Motherhood.

    Make sure your TV’s parental controls are set to block the local godless liberal PBS station. This program might instill prurient curiosity about science in the kiddies.

    (Oh. You’ve already blocked that channel permanently? Sorry.)

  4. Interersting analysis. My general impression from reading about the survey results is that many people don’t care about the issues involved, i.e. between a fifth to over a third in UK have given little thought to the subject of origins. A pity.

    Interesting Socrates Puppette quotes Philip K. Dick in saying ‘Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away’ because that’s exactly how I see evolutionsts and MMGW alarmists behaving towards relevant data. Ignoring truth, reality and fact they create convenient fables believing they may construct reality. But wilful propaganda does not the truth make.

  5. Dom: “Interesting Socrates Puppette quotes Philip K. Dick in saying ‘Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away’ because that’s exactly how I see evolutionsts and MMGW alarmists behaving towards relevant data.”

    Which relevant data are you talking about? As to global warming, have you read the IPCC 2007 report? Which specific data do you question that would controvert their summary finding of a 95% probability that human activity significantly increases global temperatures? Do you have evidence contrary to the research paper three months ago in Science that CO2 has correlated with global temperature in lockstep over the past 480,000 years? Have you read any of the other papers on this subject in referreed journals?

    I have. And, like the scientists who actually have their hands on this data, I worry.

    What do you think they’re fighting about in Darfur? Tribal revenge? No. Their water is disappearing, and the people who don’t have it are fighting the people who still have some left. Why do you think two million people in Bangladesh are moving inland onto their neighbors’; farmland? They like to see new places? No. Their own land is being infiltrated with salt water from rising sea levels. Why do you think the wildfire season in California is 77 days longer (not 77 days total—77 days longer) than it was 15 years ago? Careless campers? No. Higher temperatures have reduced rainfall. Last year there was so little polar ice that a ship transversed the Arctic Ocean for the first time ever. Wheree did it go? Shipped to Japan for cooling their cocktails? No.

    It is so easy to deny evidence. The only tools you need are ignorance and earplugs

    And your grandchildren will curse you for that.

    (Evolution denial is not as important. The major consequence of your denial is to move this research, and the tech jobs that go with it, to China, India, Korea, and Singapore.)

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