So reports Ker Than a Staff Writer for Space.com and LiveScience.com.Ã‚Â You can get the whole story here:Ã‚Â http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207858,00.html.Ã‚Â
Mr.Ã‚Â Than reports that a new study compares attitudes toward evolution in 34 countries.Ã‚Â The US ranks Ã¢â‚¬Å“near the bottomÃ¢â‚¬Â when it comes to public acceptance of evolution.Ã‚Â Other findings:
The study found that over the past 20 years:
Ã¢â‚¬â€ The percentage of U.S. adults who accept evolution declined from 45 to 40 percent.
Of the other countries surveyed, only Turkey ranked Ã¢â‚¬Å“lowerÃ¢â‚¬Â than the U.S.
In Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and France, 80 percent or more of adults accepted evolution; in Japan, 78 percent of adults did.
The authors of the study blame the U.S. and TurkeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s low ranking on religious fundamentalists, Christian in the US and Islamic in Turkey.
Mr. Than interviewed Paul Meyers, a biologist at the University of Minnesota, and Eugenie Scott, the director of the National Center for Science Education, for the Darwinist viewpoint.Ã‚Â They made the usual noises about ID being a stalking horse for young earth creationism, which Mr. Than appears to have swallowed whole.Ã‚Â He reports the following as a fact, not as anyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opinion:Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“The latest packaging of creationism is intelligent design, or Ã¢â‚¬ËœID,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ a conjecture which claims that certain features of the natural world are so complex that they could only be the work of a Supreme Being.
Mr. Than interviewed Bruce Chapman, the president of the Discovery Institute, for the ID viewpoint.Ã‚Â “A better explanation for the high percentage of doubters of Darwinism in America may be that this country’s citizens are famously independent and are not given to being rolled by an ideological elite in any field,” Chapman said. “In particular, the growing doubts about Darwinism undoubtedly reflect growing doubts among scientists about Darwinian theory. Over 640 have now signed a public dissent and the number keeps growing.”