A couple of reasons why the USA is losing its leadership role in science and technology

Sigh,

Poll finds more Americans believe in devil than Darwin Reuters (emphasis mine)

It is the latest survey to highlight America’s deep level of religiosity, a cultural trait that sets it apart from much of the developed world.

It also helps explain many of its political battles which Europeans find bewildering, such as efforts to have “Intelligent Design” theory — which holds life is too complex to have evolved by chance — taught in schools alongside evolution.

It sadly also points out the way journalists don’t get science, see the bolded text, this reporter doesn’t understand ID and evolution. ID is non-science that says God did it, and both ID and evolutionary science say that life is too complex to have evolved by chance alone. Repeat after me, natural selection is NOT a random process. A big difference is that evolutionary science says we don’t know all the details of how life evolved but we’ll keep working on the missing bits, ID says if it is difficult to figure out right now, just say the designer did it. Science makes useful predictions about the natural world, ID wants people to stop trying to understand the hard parts of the natural world and just say God did it.

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