Subject: Uni student + Evolution/creation In an attempt to fill in the hours between comin

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From: cnedin@geology.adelaide.edu.au (Chris Nedin) Newsgroups: talk.origins Subject: Uni student & Evolution/creation Message-ID: In an attempt to fill in the hours between coming to uni and going home, I found an article and poll on how university students in western Pennsylvania view the theory of evolution[1]. In it, approx. 400 university students were polled on various aspects evolution/ creation/religion. The results are posted below. >< = me (Chris Nedin) Question 1 Do you agree with people who claim that bringing creationism into the classroom means bringing religion into the classroom? [Correct answer is "Yes." Yes No 38.8% 61.2% Question 2 Do you believe in the modern theory of evolution? Yes No 71.7% 28.0% (no response 2) Question 3 Do you believe that most scientists believe that the modern theory of evolution is a valid scientific theory? Yes No 88.0% 11.7% (no response 1) Question 4 Which of the following best agrees with your impression of the modern theory of evolution? A) the phrase "survival of the fittest". B) Evolution occurred because different individuals better fitted for the environment left larger numbers of offspring. C) Man evolved either from a gorrilla or chimpanzee in Africa. D) Evolution involved a purposeful striving toward higher forms (that is steady progress from microbs to man). E) Evolution occurred because the strong eventually eliminated the weak. A: 36.6% B: 7.1% C: 7.1% D: 42.4% E: 6.5% (no response 1) >Only 7.1% picked the correct answer (B)< Question 5 Do you think that the modern theory of evolution has a valid scientific foundation? [Correct answer is "A."] A) Yes, because it is possible to test many predictions of evolutionary science. B) Yes, though we can never test predictions about events in the past. C) No, because we can never be sure about the past. D) No, because evolutionary science is principally based on speculation and not "hard" scientific fact. E) No (for other reasons) A: 45.8% B: 22.7% C: 9.4% D: 9.4% E: 12.7% (no response 1) Question 6 Do you think that creationism has a valid scientific foundation? [Correct answer is "D."] A) Yes, because it is possible to test many predictions of creationism. B) Yes, even though we can never test predictions about events in the past. C) (not stated - misprint). D) No, because creationism is principally based on speculation and not on "hard" scientific fact. E) No, (other reasons) A: 10.7% B: 26.5% C: 10.0% D: 33.3% E: 19.4% Question 7 Do you believe that creationism should be taught in the public schools? Yes No 66.9% 33.1% Question 8 If yes, in what subject? A) Biology. B) Religion class. C) World Cultures. D) Philosophy. E) No A: 31.4% B: 17.0% C: 7.8% D: 11,4% E: 30.4% (no resp. 3) >Approx. 125 students out of 400 thought that creationism should be taught as part of Biology< Question 9 Aside from comparative religion and allied subjects, do you object to the introduction of religion into the public schools Yes No 37.5% 62.1% Question 10 Do you believe that the teaching concepts which rely on a purely naturalistic explanation of the world, such as that used in the modern theory of evolution, might eventually lead to a "decay" of American society? Yes No 17.6% 81.8% (no response 2) -------------- These results seem to indicate a significant lack of understanding about the mechanism of evolution and a surprising tolerance for the teaching of occultism (outside of Religious Studies) in schools. [1] Lord, T. & Marino, S. (1993) How university students view the theory of evolution. _Journal of College Science Teaching_ 22(May) 353-357.

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