Often, when we acknowledge and accept a new truth, and adjust our logic accordingly, pieces start to fall into place like the pieces of a puzzle, and answers start coming up to many other important questions of life. About 470 years ago, people used to believe that the sun revolves around the earth. Then around 1543, Nicholas Copernicus theorized that the reverse is true .People accepted the new truth, updated their logic, and started a new phase of evolution. We know the rest of the story.
While doing some internet research, on the theory of evolution, and its public support in the world, I found some interesting statistics. A study published in Science magazine compared the attitudes about evolution in the United States, 32 European countries (including Turkey) and Japan, and found the following:
The countries where most people believe in the theory of evolution were Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, at over 80%; then came France, Japan, UK and Norway at around 80%; Spain, Germany and Italy at over 70%; Ireland at around 70%; Poland at around 60%; Croatia 55%; Greece 52%; Bulgaria at around 50%; Latvia 48%; USA 50%; and Turkey at around 35%.
In the good old USA, only about half the people believe in the theory of evolution, and about 48% believe in Creationism!
Another statistics showed the percentage of people from different religions who believe in the theory of evolution:
Buddhist:81%, Hindu:80%, Secular unaffiliated:77%, Jewish:77%, Catholic:58%, Religious unaffiliated:55%, Orthodox:54%, Mainland Protestant:51%, Muslim:45%, Evangelical Protestant: 23%, Mormon:22%, and Jehovah’s witness: 8%.
If we look in the history of human race, one fact stands out - the segment of population that stayed on the forefront of knowledge by accepting new truths, using logic and science, survived and prospered. Is our present low ranking a predictor of our prosperity in the very far future? It may be, but we have the time to make changes - it’s all up to us.
The author emigrated to US from India in 1968, and holds a couple of Masters in science.