Please Tell Me We’re Not This Stoopid

Half of British adults do not believe in evolution, with at least 22% preferring the theories of creationism or intelligent design to explain how the world came about, according to a survey.

The poll found that 25% of Britons believe Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is “definitely true”, with another quarter saying it is “probably true”. Half of the 2,060 people questioned were either strongly opposed to the theory or confused about it.

Jeebus, Martin & Fergus! The least they could do is watch Mark Steel who in 30 minutes covers the whole Darwin shebang (and also puts the ‘survival of the fittest’ misinterpretation in its proper place) in a most entertaining fashion-

‘We can’t help it if man’s wicked, we’re Starfish!’


6 Responses to “Please Tell Me We’re Not This Stoopid”

  1. harpymarx Says:

    Well, you only have to look at creationism in the States. And maybe they should visit the exhibition below celebrating 200 yrs of Darwin….they may learn something.

    It just sums up the dumming down of this society as well.

  2. RickB Says:

    Hey there Harpy, it would be good if that exhibition went on tour, all round the UK then to America, apparently we need it. Liking your film reviews.

  3. ralfast Says:

    “I’m sorry to inform you that….”

  4. RickB Says:

    What next, gravity is really god’s magnetism?

  5. ralfast Says:

    I don’t know about gravity but let me tell you about those bananas!

  6. RickB Says:

    Ah yes the infamous banana creationist theory, somewhat undercut by the fact they were cultivated to be that way and worst off bananas may be doomed!

    The final piece of the banana pricing equation is genetics. Unlike apple and orange growers, banana importers sell only a single variety of their fruit, the Cavendish. There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas — most of them in Africa and Asia — but except for an occasional exotic, the Cavendish is the only banana we see in our markets. It is the only kind that is shipped and eaten everywhere from Beijing to Berlin, Moscow to Minneapolis.

    By sticking to this single variety, the banana industry ensures that all the bananas in a shipment ripen at the same rate, creating huge economies of scale. The Cavendish is the fruit equivalent of a fast-food hamburger: efficient to produce, uniform in quality and universally affordable.

    But there’s a difference between a banana and a Big Mac: The banana is a living organism. It can get sick, and since bananas all come from the same gene pool, a virulent enough malady could wipe out the world’s commercial banana crop in a matter of years.

    This has happened before. Our great-grandparents grew up eating not the Cavendish but the Gros Michel banana, a variety that everyone agreed was tastier. But starting in the early 1900s, banana plantations were invaded by a fungus called Panama disease and vanished one by one. Forest would be cleared for new banana fields, and healthy fruit would grow there for a while, but eventually succumb.

    By 1960, the Gros Michel was essentially extinct and the banana industry nearly bankrupt. It was saved at the last minute by the Cavendish, a Chinese variety that had been considered something close to junk: inferior in taste, easy to bruise (and therefore hard to ship) and too small to appeal to consumers. But it did resist the blight.

    Over the past decade, however, a new, more virulent strain of Panama disease has begun to spread across the world, and this time the Cavendish is not immune. The fungus is expected to reach Latin America in 5 to 10 years, maybe 20. The big banana companies have been slow to finance efforts to find either a cure for the fungus or a banana that resists it. Nor has enough been done to aid efforts to diversify the world’s banana crop by preserving little-known varieties of the fruit that grow in Africa and Asia.

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