Thursday, October 2, 2014

YES WorldWide Turns the Tide

International attitudes on the age of the earth often lean toward Young Earth Science (YES).  An omnicultural approach which not only looks at geology, but also history and cultural traditions of catastrophe, is the best approach to answer the age question (Gilgamesh, Atlantis etc.).  

In a survey of 33 Korean Biology teachers, only 48.5% agreed with the statement, “Modern humans are the product of evolutionary processes that have occurred over millions of years.”  Notice that this not only touches on Darwinism, but also the age of the Earth.  A significant number of these teachers (21.2%) agreed with the statement, “Organisms exist today in essentially the same form is which they always have.”  This apparently favors the stasis of Essential Types of Life (ETL’s). That is, rabbits make rabbits and snakes make snakes, which is consistent with YES.  Furthermore, more than 40% hold that “Much of the scientific community doubts if evolution occurs.”  One wonders if this was in reference specifically to the Korean scientific community. [1]  If you have more info on this please leave a comment.

In Turkey nearly 75% of students reject evolution.  Even Turkish pre-service biology teachers had a MATE (Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution) score of just 64% which is quite low compared to most countries.  If YES is right, then Darwin can’t rule the day. [2]

A 2007 survey of 1600 Russians yielded a key result:  30% agree with the statement, “[The] first human beings were living in the same era as dinosaurs.”  A 2005 poll of the same question for the European Union had 29% agreeing with man-dino coexistence!  Surely, humans and dinosaurs together at the same time is consistent with YES.  In a 2010 opinion poll, only 26% of Russians labeled themselves as evolutionists‼  In contrast, 64% of Chinese self-identify as evolutionists. [3]  Both countries have a long history of Communist indoctrination on Darwinism.

Let's move from Russia and China to the Middle East.  Israel carries high democratic ideals and generally has a high tolerance for minority views.  Consider former chief scientist with Israel’s Education Ministry, Dr. Gavriel Avital, who challenged evolution:

If textbooks state explicitly that human beings' origins are to be found with monkeys, I would want students to pursue and grapple with other opinions. There are many people who don't believe the evolutionary account is correct. … There are those for whom evolution is a religion and are unwilling to hear about anything else.

Avital was removed from his post because of his controversial views.  If YES is True, then evolution is False.  We have zeroed in on just four countries, but if we expand our view we find that omniculturalism supports YES.  Although the Mayans were off in supposedly predicting a world changing event in 2012, they hold to a start date of 3114 BC.  Thus, the world may be only thousands of years old (NOT billions).

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1)“A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Korean and American Science Teachers'Views of Evolution and the Nature of Science” by Sun Young Kim and Ross H. Nehm, International Journal of Science Education, Vol. 33, No. 2, Jan. 15, 2011, pp. 197-227, p. 212.
2)  Ibid., p. 201.
3)  “Questions on Supreme Being, Reincarnation and Evolution,” p. 107,