Germans more highly evolved than Brits


An Englishman with reason to be fretful

The other day I wrote about a conference to be held later this month on European attitudes toward biological evolution. In their public announcement, the organisers of the meeting noted that some 20% of the German population deny the fact of evolution by natural selection.

More worrying is the “Rescuing Darwin” survey conducted by public theology thinktank Theos and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. This shows that in these islands around half the population do not believe in evolution, or at least not in the scientifically-accepted sense.

It would seem that teachers and other science communicators have much work to do.