Tuesday, May 29, 2007


OK, you’ve had it up to here with the freaking, froogie Fundies. You’ve sold your house, packed your bags, and now you’re sitting on your front stoop staring at your world globe (you have one of those ones that stand on a post), and you’re grazing over it looking for a new Fundie-less country to call your own. Where do you go? Who’s the most Fundie-less of us all?

Try Iceland. Yup. Outta 34 countries, Iceland has the highest percentage of people believing in evolution. Next are Denmark and Sweden. If the northern climes are a tad cool for ya, fourth is France.

And where’s the good ol’ US of A? Try next to the bottom. Above Turkey. Country 33 outa 34 [Hides head in shame.]

Too bad the researchers left out South Africa, Canada, and Australia. 'Course adding them would drop the US three steps lower on the list.

GO HERE to read the article the chart came from, Why Do Some People Resist Science? by Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg. Also, the chart's bigger in the article, so you can read it better there. The blurb under it reads "Public Acceptance of Evolution in 34 Countries, 2005." Blue bars = "True," white bars = "Not Sure," and red bars = "False."
Thnx to fleamarketstudio for the foto of the fundie suitcase


Davo said...

um, "Roman church" fundies aren't high on the priority list, down here in Australia. (the underworld?? .. heh)

Athana said...

Yeah it really is too bad that the researchers didn't include Australia, South Africa and Canada in this chart.

I find it interesting that the US is down there at the bottom of the chart hugging Turkey -- the only Islamic country on the list -- when we're "at war with" an Islamic country.

Davo, where do you think Australia would fall on this chart?

Davo said...

Athana, difficult question. Am not part of any "scientific", "statistical" nor "religious" community. Born and lived in Aust for over 60 years, and it is still my impression that "secular" is still more important than any specific "religion" .. but that would take many words to try to explain.

It is really only recently - the current government lockstep with GWB - that the issue has become a sort of problem.

Davo said...

Athana, always bear in mind that the population of Australia is ONLY 20 million, we might whinge about our standard of education, but 95% can read and write .. heh.

Davo said...

oops, have to back off a little. That's 20 [or so] million TOTAL. 90% of those over the age of 18 can read and write .. heh.

Athana said...

Davo, I'm curious about the 10% who can't read or write. Do they drop out of school?

Davo said...

Athana, don't get me side-tracked. 10% (give or take a percent or two) of the population are aboriginal.

It has long been a pet peeve of mine about the difference in concept between "aboriginal" and "indigenous" but nobody listens.

Long story.