Tuesday, August 15, 2006

31% of UK students are creationists

Flying Spaghetti MonsterCould these two stories be linked?

"Britain is in danger of running out of scientists because of flaws in its secondary education system, business leaders warn today. Thousands of potential physicians, biologists and chemists are being lost because of a "stripped-down" science curriculum, a lack of specialist teachers and uninspiring careers advice, the Confederation of British Industry claims." —The Guardian, 14/8/06

"In a survey last month, more than 12% questioned preferred creationism - the idea God created us within the past 10,000 years - to any other explanation of how we got here. Another 19% favoured the theory of intelligent design - that some features of living things are due to a supernatural being such as God. This means more than 30% believe our origins have more to do with God than with Darwin - evolution theory rang true for only 56%." —The Guardian, 15/8/06

3 comments:

Kevin Marks said...

English graduates are evidently slipping too, if the Grauniad can't tell a physician from a physicist.

Max Randor said...

No because plenty of scientists throughout history have been Christians wow how amazing he made this amazing universe - I wonder how it works. The desire to find more abut how amazing everything is. I am studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths at A level I am a Christian. I took more notes and did more homework on time than many people in my class including some who are more intelligent than me - because of the principles I hold - because I am a Christian. The position of some of the most fervent anti-Christians was that they would use the revision guides and learn it all at the end - and so they mucked around all year hindering other peoples education by squirting water at the ceiling and distracting the teacher. They will probably get A*s but - not fair on other people. Also I am a bookworm which might have been helped from doing a bible reading most nights for the last 12 years or so.
Those who have tried to place science against Religion may have damaged the number of scientists - but they were wrong in doing so. It does not say how God made the world only that he made it by the power of his word. It does not say what the power of his word did - that is up to scientists to find out and is one of the reasons why I want to be one.
Nice long comment! :)

Anonymous said...

There are several interesting logical deductions in Mr Randor's comment:

a) Atheists all muck around.
b) Atheists revise before exams.
c) Intelligent people get better exam results.
d) Life is unfair.

May I add my own?

a) Atheists have more fun.
b) Atheists are more intelligent.
c) Atheists get better exam results.
d) Darwin was correct.