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Darwin's own country not convinced

by PhilipJ on 27 January 2006

There’s a scary BBC story (picked up from /.) showing that more than half of all Britons don’t believe in the theory of evolution.

To quote the survey’s findings:

Over 2000 participants took part in the survey, and were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:

22% chose creationism
17% opted for intelligent design
48% selected evolution theory
and the rest did not know.

Including the origin of life in the question must certainly complicate things, especially since scientists haven’t figured it out yet, but there should be no question as to the development of life.

The president of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, said:

“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.”

I suspect it won’t be long before the IDiots at the Discovery Institute open up a London chapter.



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