As the scientific community celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of "The Origin of Species," Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking book describing the theory of evolution, a Pew Research Center study has found that only 32 percent of the American public thinks Darwin got it right. The study also shows that in the same year of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, only 27 percent of the public feels that the nation’s greatest achievements have come from science.
These findings are evidence of a dangerous disconnect between science and everyday people. It is clear that people need to pay closer attention to what science is telling us about the world, because now, more than ever, science and technology are at the heart of pressing social issues.
Not being happy with many children already reciting the pledge of allegiance in class each morning which includes a reference to the US as "one nation under God"; it seems those right wing Christian fundies are at it again! Having failed to push Intelligent Design into Texas school science classes, it now looks like they're making an attempt to push it into history lessons, making such claims as:
"there is a fixed moral law derived from God and nature", that "there is a creator" and "government exists primarily to protect God-given rights to every individual"
Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network summed it up quite nicely when he says:
"I don't think anyone disputes that faith played a role in our history. But it's a stretch to say that it played the role described by David Barton and Peter Marshall. They're absurdly unqualified to be considered experts. It's a very deceptive and devious way to distort the curriculum in our public schools,"
You can read the complete article over on the guardian.co.uk website here.
Setting aside my interest in science, religion and philosophy; I also love watching movies. And after hearing about a movie being made about the life of Charles Darwin, I was both curious and skeptical as to how it would turn out; but after watching the trailer - it actually looks pretty good!
The movie, interestingly titled "Creation" has been in the making for some time now, and tells the story of the British scienctist, Charles Darwin and his life leading up to the release of his book, "The Origin of Species".
If the story isn't interesting enough, it appears that Emma, the wife of Charles Darwin, is going to be played by none other than Jennifer Connelly (who is also the real-life wife of Paul Bettany, the actor who plays the role of Charles Darwin!).
Just spotted this Jem and couldn't help but pass it on.
A HIGH profile Sudanese woman journalist is facing 40 lashes after being accused of wearing "indecent" clothes, with 10 women already whipped for similar offences against Islamic law.
The public loves scientists, but it's not so pleased with conclusions that most scientists agree on, such as evolution and climate change. A new set of surveys explains this gap and hints at a widening partisan divide. A recent set of surveys performed by the Pew Research Center shows that the public generally supports scientific research and feels that scientists are valuable members of society, but finds that some of science's conclusions are widely mistrusted, and hints at a widening partisan divide.
The american entertainer Steve Harvey has just recently been interviewed by Joy Behar on Larry King where he enlightens us saying that all atheists are idiots, with no morals; and when he meets an atheist, he just walks away because he doesn't know what to say to them.
What does make me laugh when listening to this interview is about 30 seconds after calling atheists idiots, he goes and proves his own idiocy and ignorance by saying:
...then all of a sudden we were evolved from monkeys, why we still got monkeys?
An Indiana man, Jason Borneman, has been turned down by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to get a personalized license plate that reads "NO GODS." This, from a state that offers an official state license plate that reads "In God We Trust.
Jason made his request for the plate after becoming increasingly annoyed by the growing popularity of the state's "In God We Trust" plates. Well, apparently the state does not feel that Jason's intended message is suitable for a license plate as they denied his application.
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