Wednesday, June 6, 2012

No Change = News?

Nearly half of Americans believe God created humans in their present form in the last 10,000 years.

Yes, I know ... scientifically implausible given the massive fossil record.  As a practicing Catholic, I have no problem believing God played a role in creation but that man (and all the other critters) evolved over a huge amount of time, but 46 percent of Americans think we magically appeared in the last 10,000 years.  Probably along with the dinosaurs.

My headline above, though, says No Change = News? because, frankly, even the news story tells us the public really hasn't changed all that much:
That number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, since 1982, when Gallup first asked the question on creationism versus evolution. Thirty years ago, 44% of the people who responded said they believed that God created humans as we know them today - only a 2-point difference from 2012.
So is it news that people remain unchanged in this belief?  Yes, if for no other reason than to demonstrate we're not getting any smarter, at least when it comes to what people know about science.


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