posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 02:53 AM
originally posted by: boymonkey74
So why is this when it is obvious evolution has happened and is happening now?.
Is it the education system has gotten worse? or is it Religious teachings have infiltrated the classroom?.
Anyhow I really hope you sort it out and get with the rest of the western world.
It's unlikely to be the education system as such, as similar education works in other countries. From studies I have read, the problem educators have
is that students can already have erroneous preconceived beliefs regarding evolution, which are resistant to change, by the time they start learning
about it. Very likely to be a result of religious indoctrination. It can also result in the education system churning out people who use it be more
inventive with pseudo science to further their beliefs
It was long thought that primitive and superstitious beliefs proliferated in poorer less healthy and educated societies (particularly 2nd- 3rd world
societies). Though the US seemed to always buck that idea. Until genuine studies were conducted, which explained why the US itself lags so far behind
the rest of the modern world.
the United States is the only prosperous first world nation to retain rates of religiosity otherwise limited to the second and third
worlds... Correlations between popular acceptance of human evolution and belief in and worship of a creator and Bible literalism are
negative (Figure 1). The least religious nation, Japan, exhibits the highest agreement with the scientific theory, the lowest level of
acceptance is found in the most religious developed democracy, the U.S.
It follows that all hypotheses that religious belief and practice are the normal, deeply set human mental state that is highly resistant to
conversion to nontheism are unverified. Instead popular religion is in the main a superficial psychological response that seeks the daily aid and
protection of supernatural entities to alleviate the stress and anxiety created by a sufficiently dysfunctional social and especially economic
It is quite right that science based educators focus on this aspect, but what can also be overlooked is the societal conditions in general that also
correlate with this. Look at the bible belt for example compared to the rest of the US, which itself compares poorly to the rest of the 1st world.
Where certain STD infections are at epidemic proportions, abortion and unwanted and teen pregnancy, divorce levels, poverty, cardiovascular and cancer
rates and just about all negative indicators higher than their national average (which is itself, quite poor)...
the Bible Belt is trending in an unholy way. Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most obese populations, the highest amount of cancer
deaths, and the fewest teeth. Along with South Carolina, those states also have the most cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In the southeast, the
gonorrhea rate per 100,000 people is over 100, and the chlamydia rate per 100,000 people is 400 plus.
Translation: the STD numbers in the respective states are high enough to be classified as epidemic.
Compare to "promiscuous" and secular populations in Europe where similar STD infections are considered "eradicated" in some areas, where people remain
married longer, have far less incidence of abortion or teen and unwanted pregnancy, are healthier, have a better share of wealth, less poverty etc.
So it looks like there are deep societal issues involved, underneath it all.
Healthier, more equitable and tolerant societies = acceptance of science and evolution.
Less healthy societies - belief in paranormal explanations.
edit on 21-8-2014 by Cogito, Ergo Sum because: for the heck of it