STUDY FINDS MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION, GRAVITY, MATH
February 15 2009
Washington, DC – It was 1836 when the HMS Beagle returned from its five year voyage and changed the world forever. Initially the expedition was meant as a survey mission, exploring the coasts of South America and a possible stop on the Galapagos Islands. That stop would change the world forever as Charles Darwin first began to develop his theory of evolution. Twenty-three years later Darwin published ‘On the Origin of the Species’ and changed science, history, culture, and religion forever, at least for some.
In a poll conducted by Gallup in time for Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday it was found that fewer than forty percent of Americans believe in evolution, with 25 per cent not believing at all and 36 per cent having no opinion whatsoever on the development of life on Earth. In a related poll, Gallup also found that 30 per cent of Americans do not believe in gravity, with another 20 per cent having no opinion.
“As most people sort of natively understood, the poll shows that the lack of belief in evolution is tied directly to level of education. 74 per cent of those with college level degrees believe in evolution while only 21 per cent with high school or lower feel the same way,” said Scrape TV Science analyst Dr. Howard Poe. “Evolution is basic scientific fact. While it does to a large degree fly in the face of religious belief because
it offers an alternative to the readily established tenets of Creation, the studies show that fewer and fewer people attend church on a regular basis. The conclusion one draws from that is lack of belief in evolution isn’t necessarily tied to religious belief, but to lack of belief in education or the ability to read.”
The Gallup poll did not indicate what percentage of Americans didn’t believe in polls.
“While the common attitude is evolution is an attack on religion, it is not. Evolution is the study of natural processes that allow for life to adapt to the environment to which it is subjected. It is not an attack on religious belief is a basic scientific study and isn’t really subject to belief or opinion. It’s like having an opinion on math or the existence of air, it’s not an issue for debate,” continued Poe. “What is unsettling is the numbers on the level of education and how they are connected. What that shows
is that lack of belief in evolution has nothing to do with religious belief but rather to relative degree of intelligence. Religion tends to draw a lot of stupid people obviously and science people with a higher level of intelligence. That’s not to say that only stupid people believe in religion, but these numbers show that dumb people do tend to gravitate towards religion over science, likely because it’s easier.”
We attempted to contact members of the 60 per cent but were unable to get contact information. According to Gallup most of the people who responded negatively were unwilling to give contact information out of fear of an unknown force.
“Religion has essentially been under attack for the last 150 years. First it was Darwin’s work, then the major uncovering of dinosaur fossils, then voyages into space, and most recently the discovery and manipulation of the genome have all thrown 2000 years of monotheic belief out the proverbial window,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram Gas. “Throw in higher levels of education, which of course results in more thinkers and scientists, and organized religion may be in its dying days, at least
in the west. The problem for both sides is that no one wants bozos. They are naturally drawn to the easiest thing which is religion but it does nothing good for the
state of the nation. Religion may be diminishing but having idiots populate it won’t do anyone any good. Much like natural selection, the more stupid people it brings in the closer and closer it gets to extinction and that doesn’t do any good for anyone. Religion has enough idiots blowing people up, the last thing it needs is drooling morons.”