Science vs. God – America is becoming ignorant.

Gallup has released the results of a national poll on science, and unfortunately, modern biology didn’t fare well:

“Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.”

In fact, only 15% believed in evolution with God playing no part in everything (ie: the major premise of modern science.)

Here in America we used to have a competitive edge in science… now we are falling way behind competing countries. We need to start taking science seriously again —  ignorance costs far too much. Results such as those of the Gallup poll should serve as a wake-up call.

Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a lecture a few years ago on the “philosophy of ignorance,” in which he said a lack of appreciation for basic scientific principles will hurt America’s scientific output, which has traditionally been the nation’s largest economic engine.

“If nonscience works its way into the science classroom, it marks … the beginning of the end of the economic strength this country has known,” Tyson said.

If you care about American economic competitiveness you have to care about science.

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Posted on June 4, 2012, in Announcement, atheism, creativity, Economics, Education, history, News, Opinion, Polls, quote, Science, Technology, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Faith over reason: The percentage of Americans believing in a literal interpretation of Adam & Eve has hovered between 40 & 50% for decades. This contrasts with the rest of the industrialized world (even the Vatican fully acknowledges “Evolution”). It is the height of ignorance to be so at odds with cohesive scientific knowledge, proven, understood and backed by overwhelming evidence. Wise up America, this ain’t the bronze age!!

  2. Saw this graph on HuffPost….. hard to believe! Almost half think we were made from clay?

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