Most Britons don't believe in evolution - A surprising BBC survey 88 replies

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Mephistopheles

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#1 12 years ago

Source: BBC

Britons unconvinced on evolution

_41257340_darwin_pa_203b.jpg[COLOR=Black]Over 55s were less likely to opt for evolution than other groups[/COLOR] [COLOR=Red]More than half the British population does not accept the theory of evolution, [/COLOR]according to a survey.

Furthermore, [COLOR=Red]more than 40% of those questioned believe that creationism or intelligent design should be taught in school science lessons[/COLOR].

The survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI for the BBC's Horizon series. Its latest programme, A War on Science, looks into the attempt to introduce intelligent design into science classes in the US.

Over 2000 participants took part in the survey, and were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:
  • [COLOR=Red]22% chose creationism[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=Red]17% opted for intelligent design[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=Red]48% selected evolution theory[/COLOR]
  • and the rest did not know.

Intelligent design is the concept that certain features of living things are so complex that their existence is better explained by an "intelligent process" than natural selection.

Education questioned

Andrew Cohen, editor of Horizon, commented: "I think that this poll represents our first introduction to the British public's views on this issue. "Most people would have expected the public to go for evolution theory, but it seems there are lots of people who appear to believe in an alternative theory for life's origins."

When given a choice of three theories, people were asked which ones they would like to see taught in science lessons in British schools:
  • 44% said creationism should be included
  • 41% intelligent design
  • 69% wanted evolution as part of the science curriculum.

Participants over 55 were less likely to choose evolution over other groups. "This really says something about the role of science education in this country and begs us to question how we are teaching evolutionary theory," Andrew Cohen added.

The findings prompted surprise from the scientific community. Lord Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, said: "It is surprising that many should still be sceptical of Darwinian evolution. Darwin proposed his theory nearly 150 years ago, and it is now supported by an immense weight of evidence.

[COLOR=Red]"We are, however, fortunate compared to the US in that no major segment of UK religious or cultural life opposes the inclusion of evolution in the school science curriculum." [/COLOR]

In the US, a recent high profile court case ruled that the intelligent design movement is motivated by a desire to introduce God into the classroom after parents in Pennsylvania took a school board to court over its demand that biology classes should not teach evolution as fact.

Horizon: A War on Science is on BBC Two at 2100GMT on Thursday, 26 January 2006

I don't know if the BBC survey is representative, but it really surprised me. I would not have expected such a result in the UK.

Fortunately, there is no opposition against evolution as school subject like in some parts of the USA. I am curious how a survey in other European countries would look like. Maybe not so different?

[COLOR=black]I know the topic isn't new. [/COLOR]But I would like to see a result on this forum in general. Of course, a representative poll is not possible here. So the question is easy: What do you believe in?

1. Evolution 2. Creationism 3. Intelligent Design 4. Something else (Please specify) 5. I am uncertain

Personally, I believe in evolution. I chose the word "believe" because it is still a theory. But the most convincing in my opinion, based on scientific observations.




Etienne

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#2 12 years ago

i believe in the evolution theory




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#3 12 years ago

"pubbed"

Um, I guess it just means that 48% of Britons have a reasonable education. The rest are retards.




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#4 12 years ago

I believe in Evolution and most people I know also do. But my Mum dosen't, because she dosen't know the ins and outs of it, those who are middle aged in the UK probably haven't recieved a thorough enough education of Evolution, so this result dosen't surprise me.




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#5 12 years ago

There is one simple reason that creationism and intelligent design should not be taught in science class; there is nothing scientific about it. Imagine if all scientists said "Well, we don't know how this works, let's just assume God did it, using his magical powers", we'd still be in the middle ages.

Creationism and ID should be taught, don't get me wrong. But don't let the children get confused by teaching it in science class.




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#6 12 years ago
'LIGHTNING [NL']Creationism and ID should be taught, don't get me wrong. But don't let the children get confused by teaching it in science class.

I quite agree. Save it for R.E.




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#7 12 years ago

In my year at school, the vast majority of people were atheists. But the vast majority of their parents and grandparents were Christians, some of them quite strict. All of my grandparents are Christian, as are two of my uncles. My great-grandmother, as I recall, called my mother an 'evil bitch' when she heard that I wasn't going to be Christened as a baby. Take the survey again in a few decades time, when most of the old folk are no longer with us, and see what the result is then. As I've said before, it's not Americans that are stupid, it's people that are stupid. Perhaps my own estimate of 90% is a little high, but, there you go.




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#8 12 years ago
AzH"pubbed" Um, I guess it just means that 48% of Britons have a reasonable education. The rest are retards.

So if someone disagrees with you, he's "a retard"? So mature. Do you have morals? If the answer is yes, you are "a retard".:rolleyes:




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#9 12 years ago

Believing in anything makes you a retard these days.




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#10 12 years ago
LocomotorBelieving in anything makes you a retard these days.

Unless you're a liberal. Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton can talk about praying and God all the time without getting into trouble. The question is - do they actually believe any of that stuff, or were they just doing it to get votes?