The World is Round, Humans Evolved, and Elvis is Dead

“The bottom line is that the world is round, humans evolved from an extinct species and Elvis is dead.” This is how Dr. Gerald Weissmann, editor of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal summed up an article based upon a recent survey which showed that 61% agree with evolution.

“In an age when people have benefited so greatly from science and reason, it is ironic that some still reject the tools that have afforded them the privilege to reject them,” says Dr. Gerald Weissmann, the journal’s editor-in-chief.

The article is based on a new national survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters. Respondents favored teaching evolution over creationism or intelligent design.

Respondents also were more interested in hearing about evolution from scientists, science teachers and clergy than from Supreme Court Justices, celebrities or school board members. A key finding from the survey: There is a relationship between people’s understanding of science and their support for teaching evolution.

Respondents were asked three science questions: one related to plate tectonics, one related to the proper use of antibiotics and one related to prehistory. Those who accurately answered questions on these subjects were far more likely to support the teaching of evolution in schools.

This report also looks at previous polls on the public’s acceptance of evolution and notes that the manner in which the question is asked has a tremendous influence upon the result . After reviewing various survey results the article concludes:

Scientists accept evolution as the best and only theory that accurately explains how humans and other species came to be so diverse. The theory is supported by many studies in many different fields of science. Intelligent design is a thinly veiled creationist argument designed to make the public doubt the theory of evolution, according to nearly all scientists and a 2005 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

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