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.)
- Monkey Trial II: Tenn. House Passes Bill Permitting Teachers To Teach The “Controversy” Over Evolution (jonathanturley.org)
- Syracuse University scientist to speak on evolution and Islam at AAAS Annual Meeting (esciencenews.com)
- Tennessee Pushes Legislation to Safeguard Anti-Evolution Teachers (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- THE TENNESSEE EVOLUTION BILL IS DUMB, but Doug Mataconis is wrong to blame Republicans for anti-evol… (pajamasmedia.com)
- Chris Christie: My opinion on evolution? “None of your business” (hotair.com)
- Attacks Mount on Teaching of Evolution (livescience.com)
- Sam Harris on accommodationism – Sam Harris – The Moral Landscape (richarddawkins.net)
- Evolution in America: Why Are We So Far Behind? (releasingreligion.blogspot.com)
- Get Your Intelligent Design Out of My Science Classroom (releasingreligion.blogspot.com)
- The Evolution Wars (time.com)
- Why The Atlantic’s 1860 Review Was a Key Victory for Darwin (theatlantic.com)
Posted on May 14, 2011, in blogs, Books, Education, government, history, Lies, News, Opinion, Religion, Technology, Word from Bill and tagged Butler Act, Creation and evolution in public education, Evolution, John T. Scopes, On the Origin of Species, Scopes Trial, Tennessee, United States. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.