Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Saddest News in America

It's This.

Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the vast majority says that even if they evolved, God guided the process. Just 13 percent say that God was not involved. But most would not substitute the teaching of creationism for the teaching of evolution in public schools.

Support for evolution is more heavily concentrated among those with more education and among those who attend religious services rarely or not at all.

There are also differences between voters who supported Kerry and those who supported Bush: 47 percent of John Kerry’s voters think God created humans as they are now, compared with 67 percent of Bush voters....

...Overall, about two-thirds of Americans want creationism taught along with evolution. Only 37 percent want evolutionism replaced outright.
"Only"? Over one in three Americans don't believe that children should be taught science as well understood and well-founded as the theory of gravitation, and that's "only"?

I shudder to think how the body politic will react when the genome project truly starts bearing fruit, and evolution becomes applied technology as well as abstract science.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:42 AM

    Yes. Especially when you compare it to another developed country - Japan, where 94% believe in evolution.

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  2. "I shudder to think how the body politic will react when the genome project truly starts bearing fruit, and evolution becomes applied technology as well as abstract science."

    I shudder at the possible consequences of such applied technology. I want the benefits that will come with it, but there are some really frightful outcomes.

    Given that such technology will be (at least at first) prohibitively expensive, we could see the creation of a genetic overclass, where the rich don't just have access to better health care and better schools, but are genetically engineered to be healthier, and more intelligent.

    We could see efforts to eliminate traits seen by some as undesirable from the gene pool - imagine the uglyness that would ensue over the possibility of genetically engineering people with a propensity to be homosexual right out of the species at the fetal stage.

    There's also the potential of genetically engineered weapons targetted to specific ethnic groups; that's certainly not a cheery thought.

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  3. Anonymous3:52 AM

    The industrial revolution led to bombs, guns, and machine tanks. Was it then, was a bad thing? Every discovery comes with its attendant dangers. Does that mean that we should stop the scientists in their tracks with 'what-if' questions?
    Limited regulation can help address ethical issues as well. South Korea, for example, has banned human cloning - quite reasonable, in my opinion - but stem cell research and embryonic cloning are legal. Sensible laws get applied when people's views are not clouded by religion.

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  4. i love the way you express yourself.keep writing..

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  5. I don't think we should stop research because of the "what ifs".

    But we can already foresee some of the porential misuses (or at least debatably ethical uses) of such technology, and I think it would be better to ask the questions and hopefully come up with some answers before the technology is in use rather than after.

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  6. And now President Bush recommends "exploring other ideas" by including intelligent design in the curriculum along with evolution. Amusingly, it's only christianity's view of intelligent design, but way to explore other ideas.

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  7. Anonymous11:06 AM

    How would W respond if you promised him that he could clone lots of God-fearing evolution-hating sons of the Lord to go out there and fight the good fight in iraq? You could bring in an alternative draft -- donate your clone to the pentagon.

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