August 12, 2006 at 7:13 pm #16377
I found this survey quite amazing – that only 14% of American definitely accept evolutionary theory as true.
While I consider Darwinism only partly true – it does ignore the function of spiritual consciousness as part of the multi-dimensional environment that ultimately shapes the body-mind, – but it at least identifies physical life as processual, rather than some pure religious State or Deity/God driven.
The study certainlyreveals how different Europeans and even Asians are from Americans….
EVOLUTION LESS ACCEPTED IN U.S. THAN OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES, STUDY FINDS
By James Owen
National Geographic News
August 10, 2006
People in the United States are much less likely to accept Darwin’s idea
that humans and apes share a common ancestor than adults in other Western
nations, a number of surveys show.
A new study of those surveys suggests that the main reason for this lies in
a unique confluence of religion, politics, and the public understanding of
biological science in the United States.
Researchers compared the results of past surveys of attitudes toward
evolution taken in the U.S. since 1985 and similar surveys in Japan and 32
In the U.S., only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was
“definitely true,” while about a third firmly rejected the idea.
In European countries, including Denmark, Sweden, and France, more than 80
percent of adults surveyed said they accepted the concept of evolution.
The proportion of western European adults who believed the theory
“absolutely false” ranged from 7 percent in Great Britain to 15 percent in
The only country included in the study where adults were more likely than
Americans to reject evolution was Turkey.
The investigation also showed that the percentage of U.S. adults who are
uncertain about evolution has risen from 7 percent to 21 percent in the past
Researchers from the U.S. and Japan analyzed additional information from
these surveys in an attempt to identify factors that might help explain why
Americans are more skeptical about evolution.
Led by Jon D. Miller, a political scientist at Michigan State University,
the team reports its findings in tomorrow’s issue of the journal Science.
American Culture and Evolution
The team ran a complex analysis of the statistics, testing for a causal link
between aspects of U.S. culture and Americans’ attitudes toward evolution.
The study identified three key influences on Americans.
First, the researchers found that the effect of fundamentalist religious
belief on opinions of evolution was almost twice as much in the U.S. as in
Miller says the U.S. has a tradition of Protestant fundamentalism not found
in Europe that takes the Bible literally and sees the Book of Genesis as an
accurate account of the creation of human life.
After European Protestants broke off from the Roman Catholic Church in the
16th century, they retained a hierarchy that remained part of the university
system, Miller says.
“In the United States, partly because of our frontier history, most of the
Protestant churches are congregational — they don’t belong to any
hierarchy,” he added.
“They’re free to choose their own ministers and espouse their own beliefs.”
That freedom also included the creation of their own Bible colleges for
training ministers, Miller says.
“If you send them to a Bible college that teaches only the Bible, they’ll
come back preaching only the Bible,” he added.
“There are very few European counterparts to that.”
Second, the researchers tested whether an American’s political views
influenced his or her view of evolution theory.
The team found that individuals with anti-abortion, pro-life views
associated with the conservative wing of the Republican Party were
significantly more likely to reject evolution than people with pro-choice
The team adds that in Europe having pro-life or right-wing political views
had little correlation with a person’s attitude toward evolution.
The researchers say this reflects the politicization of the evolution issue
in the U.S. “in a manner never seen in Europe or Japan.”
“In the second half of the 20th century, the conservative wing of the
Republican Party has adopted creationism as part of a platform designed to
consolidate their support in Southern and Midwestern states,” the study
Miller says that when Ronald Reagan was running for President of the U.S.,
for example, he gave speeches in these states where he would slip in the
sentence, “I have no chimpanzees in my family,” poking fun at the idea that
apes could be the ancestors of humans.
When such a view comes from the U.S. President or other prominent political
figures, Miller says, it “lends a degree of legitimacy to the dispute.”
A Natural Selection?
Third, the study found that adults with some understanding of genetics are
more likely to have a positive attitude toward evolution.
But, the authors say, studies in the U.S. suggest substantial numbers of
American adults are confused about some core ideas related to 20th- and
The researchers cite a 2005 study finding that 78 percent of adults agreed
that plants and animals had evolved from other organisms. In the same study,
62 percent also believed that God created humans without any evolutionary
Fewer than half of American adults can provide a minimal definition of DNA,
the authors add.August 15, 2006 at 12:21 pm #16378August 15, 2006 at 12:25 pm #16380
I have experienced TWO wildly different realities:
1) fundamentalist, literalist, Chrisitian “pentacostal” tent revivalist environment..these people say we are created by GOD as is AS were all other creatures.. no development whatsoever.. many swore the earth was ONLY 6000 years old due to list of begottens in King James Bible.. these people attribute “evil” desires to the serpent Satan and say acceptance of Jesus as King and his laws is only way to Heaven.. many say even if you are a loving Buddhist you STILL have to accept Jesus as your King and declare him the ONLY SON OF GOD just to make it into an afterlife that isn’t cinders and rubble..
somewhat sheltered in my opinion the the obvious lack of develpment by ANY organism speaks for itself.. the theories about as underdeveloped as they areAugust 15, 2006 at 12:29 pm #16382
Many biologicts today will SWEAR that evolution does NOT start with simple and move to complex and that things do NOT recaptitulate..
Boy the fossil record sure does look like they do..
Many like to describe DNA as the ultimate machine then ponder it’s ungraspables..
missing entirely that it came BEFORE any machine and therefore beyond any machine.. machines EMULATE this awkwardly at bestAugust 15, 2006 at 1:44 pm #16384
Then there are stair steps and punctuated equilibrium..
is this just the fossil record or human error, lack of info or genuine phenomenon?
once undersea creatures were though to have developed waddling legs as they moved on land.. new evidence supports full leg development underwater..
DO THE STAIR STEPS CORRELATE WITH PLANETARY POLE REVERSALS, SOLAR FIELD FLUCTUATIONS, GALACTIC ENERGY WAVES?
Hurtak says SOLS are photon bundle light geometries like good ole SPIROGRAPHS..
and that codes can be implanted within energy fields and DNA.. so SOLS are actually implanted and harvested from gardens at various intervals..
Is this true? Hurtak presents specific angular velocities and rotational geometries based around “TREE OF LIFE” grids within DNA that allow for SOL implantation and DNA modulation via reflexive morphogenetic fields ala Sheldrake..
Is this true?
If the TREE of LIFE is a Spin Point meridian map to the heart of the genetic nucleosome pertaining to geometric biophoton spins sytems,
then HI’BIRU looks like higher dimensional alien gene tech which may mend the science religion dichotomy into an understanding of electro magnetic evolutionAugust 15, 2006 at 1:44 pm #16386August 17, 2006 at 11:35 am #16388August 17, 2006 at 11:38 am #16390
Ask Dan Winter:
is DNA superconductive, implosive, and a superluminal information gateway at biophoton uv emission level?
does DNA spin on the gravity weave between star fields?
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