The Intelligence of Populations… at least the U.S. is smarter than Turkey!

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.    -Frank Zappa

Darwin would be astonished if he came back today. After all the scientific and academic proof since the publication of On The Origin Of The Species 152 years ago establishing the reality of Evolution, it is interesting how much disbelief there is in the concept.

If you look at people who either do not believe in Evolution, or are not sure that it is real, close to 55% of Americans are still in doubt about it (approximately 43% reject it completely). This is because of what? Inferior education? Religious belief in Creationism? Genetic stupidity?

If you remember prior to the Republican primaries for the 2008 Presidential elections, in a debate among eight contenders, the questioner asked which of them did not believe in Evolution. All but one raised their hands… supposedly men with the intelligence to lead a country.

So when I happened on this statistical chart while tooling around the net, I was surprised to find that we were 18th in Public Acceptance of Evolution out of 19 countries represented. Indeed, the only country we surpass is Turkey:

When we look at situations like that in Louisiana, which we reported on the other day, where the teaching of Creationism joins, or even replaces, the teaching of Evolution,  you would think we were back in the 1925 and observing the Scopes trial,  where a high school biology teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act which made it unlawful to teach evolution.

I doubt if many of our current students are aware of this trial… it’s probably not brought up in history classes. Possibly they have seen the play or film Inherent The Wind which was based on this trial, but that is probably as close as they can get to it (unless they live in Dayton, TN, the site of the trial. Since 1987, the city of Dayton has staged a reenactment of the trial using the original transcripts, performing it in the same courtroom in which the trial took place. The annual event occurs during Dayton’s Scopes Trial festival with several performances showing over the weekend.)

One would hope we can develop the scientific intelligence to be up there with Iceland, Denmark and Sweden… although it seems unlikely in the near future.


About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on May 14, 2011, in blogs, Books, Education, government, history, Lies, News, Opinion, Religion, Technology, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Tomorrow I find out if I have a job teaching biology in Talihina, OK. I have found that a lot of science teachers out here in “Real Amurka” tend to soft pedal evolution, call it something else, or just kind of run through it.

    I have witnessed some of this. I understand trying to avoid controversy to keep your job, especially in a state where teachers are getting laid off in ever greater numbers.

    However…..I will not. Just because my students are rural does not mean they deserve a second rate education. And any parent that wants to come at me over this may need to get back up. I have argued with the “brilliant” minds over at Answers in Genesis to the tune of having one of my emails to them (heavily redacted, quote mined, and ad hom attacked, of course) featured on their front page for several weeks.

    If we want science to get better, we have to do something about it. Volunteer to give a demonstration at your local school. Teachers love practical demonstrations, and administrators are generally open.

    • “Science is what we do to keep from lying to ourselves.”
      – Richard Feynman

      Good luck on getting your job. Keep us informed as to what happens.

  2. Relax, Bill! We’ll be in a dead heat with Turkey before you know it.

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