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Monday, December 12, 2005

Science, Religion, Truth and Knowledge

An interesting article in the NY Times magazine mentions the woeful state of the average American's scientific knowledge:

Only one in five has bothered to take a physics course. Three out of four haven't heard that the universe is expanding. Nearly half, according to a recent survey, seem to believe that God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. Less than 10 percent of adult Americans, it is estimated, are in possession of basic scientific literacy.

The article also mentions the inverse relationship between belief in God and scientific knowledge/experience:
As an empirical matter, however, that does not seem to be true. On the whole, around 9 in 10 Americans say they believe in a personal God. When scientists are surveyed, that figure falls to 4 in 10. Among the scientific elite - members of the National Academy of Sciences - fewer than 1 in 10 say they believe in God, with the biologists in particular professing agnosticism or atheism at a rate of 95 percent.

There are also interesting paragraphs about the Bush Administrations misuse of scientific knowledge and the complex relationship between religion philosophy and science.

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