Evolution

PRESS RELEASE: outcomes of main new survey on evolution – Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum


 

NEW EVOLUTION SURVEY SHOWS THAT WHILST THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN UK AND CANADA ACCEPT EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE, NON-RELIGIOUS AND ATHEIST INDIVIDUALS SHOW SIMILAR DOUBTS ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF HUMANS AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS AS RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL INDIVIDUALS.

Brighton, fifth September 2017 A Newman College/YouGov survey analyzing public perceptions and attitudes in the direction of evolution has discovered that whereas there’s a broad consensus of acceptance in the direction of evolutionary science in each nations, surprisingly, non-religious and particularly atheist publics present related developments to spiritual and religious publics in the case of expressing doubts about evolutionary science based mostly explanations for human origins and the event of human consciousness.

As a part of a world analysis undertaking Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum, researchers based mostly at Newman College, Birmingham, UK introduced the outcomes of a nationwide survey carried out within the UK and Canada, on the British Science Competition in Brighton on Tuesday fifth September 2017. The analysis, carried out by YouGov, surveyed over 4 thousand adults throughout the UK and Canada in between 12th Could and 12thJune 2017.

This survey on publics’ views of evolutionary science has thrown up some very fascinating outcomes, particularly because it contains knowledge from nations not beforehand surveyed on this means earlier than.

The outcomes present that almost all of individuals throughout the UK (71%) and Canada (60%) – together with those that self-identify as non secular or religious – settle for evolutionary or theistic evolutionary accounts of the origin of species together with people. Solely 9% of UK respondents chosen “People and different residing issues had been created by God and have at all times existed of their present kind”. The variety of respondents endorsing this ‘creationist’ place in Canada was additionally comparatively low with simply 15% deciding on this selection. The variety of respondents endorsing this ‘creationist’ place within the UK was decrease than earlier surveys have indicated. That is considerably decrease than related surveys within the USA, which recommend that round 1 in 4 People assist this selection.

Adults in the UK confirmed the very best ranges of ease in accepting evolutionary science in reference to their private beliefs, with 64% saying they discovered it very simple, simple, or considerably simple compared to 50% in Canada. Solely a minority in each nations discovered it considerably troublesome, troublesome or very troublesome to simply accept evolutionary science: 12% in UK and 20% in Canada.

Those that recognized as non secular or religious had been additionally considerably extra prone to discover it simple moderately troublesome to simply accept evolutionary science in reference to their private beliefs. Solely round 1 in 5 UK respondents (19%) and beneath 1 in 3 Canadian respondents (29%) who recognized as non secular or religious discovered it considerably troublesome, troublesome or very troublesome to simply accept evolutionary science in reference to their private beliefs, in comparison with 53% within the UK and 41% in Canada who discovered it very simple, simple, or considerably simple.

Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker, Director of the Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum undertaking, mentioned:

“Essentially the most encouraging side of the survey is that there seems to be a big majority who settle for evolutionary science in each nations. Each non secular and non-religious persons are extra possible than to not discover it simple to simply accept evolutionary science in relation to their very own beliefs. Nonetheless, it does throw up some startling outcomes in the case of public views of the origin of people and human consciousness. We discovered related developments throughout all non secular and non-religious adults, together with these atheists surveyed, that recommend a spread of persons are unsure of evolutionary science based mostly explanations for the origin of people and human consciousness. It seems, rejection of or uncertainty about points of human evolution just isn’t essentially a problem of ‘faith versus evolutionary science’, however a problem of common questions round what it’s to be human and concerning the human expertise that have an effect on all of us, throughout these of all faiths and none. This basically challenges the way in which we have a tendency to consider evolution and creationism”.

Of those that recognized as atheists (as a sub-set of non-religious individuals) we discovered that almost 1 in 5 UK atheists (19%) and over 1 in 3 of Canadian atheists (38%), considerably agree, agree or strongly agree with the assertion: “Evolutionary processes can’t clarify the existence of human consciousness”. (This compares to 34% within the UK and 37% in Canada throughout the entire non-religious pattern and 54% within the UK and 55% in Canada of non secular or religious individuals).

Over 1 in 10 UK atheists (12%) and almost 1 in 3 Canadian atheists (31%), considerably agree, agree or strongly agree with the assertion: “Animals evolve over time however evolutionary science can’t clarify the origins of human beings”. (This compares to 19% within the UK and 31% in Canada throughout the entire non-religious pattern and 37% within the UK and 45% in Canada of non secular or religious individuals).

Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker continued to say:

“What these stunning findings spotlight for the primary time is that issues about evolutionary science aren’t essentially based mostly solely on people’ non secular id. It’s not simply that some non secular individuals have questions on human evolution it’s that some people have questions on human evolution!”

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For extra info and to request a duplicate of the survey, please contact, Dr Alex Corridor on +44 7506 729360 or electronic mail [email protected] 

The under Abstract Report comprises all the related preliminary knowledge and graphics of the statistics offered on this press launch. The information tables that this press launch and the abstract report are based mostly upon could be discovered right here – UK and right here – Canada. For additional details about the organisation’s concerned on this undertaking, please scroll down. 
EDIT – 18/09/2017: The extra knowledge utilized in yesterday’s Observer piece could be discovered right here – UK and right here – Canada

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Notes to Editors

About Survey  

This examine was carried out for Newman College by YouGov. The aim of this analysis was to construct a greater understanding of public ranges of acceptance or rejection of evolutionary science, how members of most of the people view the connection between evolution and faith, and by extension science and faith. The examine was carried out in two nations: the UK and Canada. 

    • A survey of two,129 UK adults was undertaken on-line between 12th Could and 6th June, 2017. The figures have been weighted and are consultant of all UK adults (aged 16+) by age, gender, area, social grade and ethnicity.
    • A survey of two,009 Canadian adults was undertaken on-line between 17th Could and 12th June, 2017. The figures have been weighted and are consultant of all Canadian adults (aged 18+) by age, gender, area, schooling stage and ethnicity. Surveys had been carried out with respondents in English or French respectively for respondents in Anglophone and Francophone Canada.

All figures, until in any other case acknowledged, are from YouGov Plc. 

The analysis was designed by researchers based mostly at Newman College, Birmingham, UK and the College of Kent, UK. The Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum undertaking is funded by the Templeton Faith Belief. 

About Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum undertaking

The Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum undertaking (SRES) is a large-scale, multi-disciplinary and worldwide analysis undertaking lead by Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker (Centre for Science, Information and Perception in Society at Newman College, Birmingham UK), in collaboration with Professor Bernard Lightman (York College Canada), Dr Carola Leicht (College of Kent, UK) and Dr Rebecca Catto (Kent State College, USA). The analysis undertaking goals to discover the total spectrum of attitudes in the direction of science, evolutionary science and faith from the attitude of all faiths, and none, in the UK and Canada. The multi-disciplinary analysis workforce have backgrounds and experience in: historical past and philosophy of science, science communication, psychology, sociology and media research. This progressive and distinctive analysis undertaking employs 4 intersecting approaches: social science discipline analysis; oral historical past, historic and media evaluation; experimental social psychology; and a large-scale survey of public perceptions, attitudes and id formation within the UK and Canada. ​

About Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker

Fern Elsdon-Baker holds the place of Professor and is the Director of the Centre for Science, Information and Perception in Society at Newman College, UK. She is the Venture Director on the Science and Faith: Exploring the Spectrum undertaking and the Co-Investigator on the Science in Muslim Societies undertaking. Her undergraduate diploma was in environmental sciences and her PhD was within the historical past and philosophy of evolutionary science. Considered one of her earlier roles was working for the British Council as Head of the Darwin Now undertaking, which ran over two years in 50 nations worldwide as a part of the worldwide celebration of the Darwin anniversaries in 2009. She at the moment serves as a member of the Normal Committee for the British Science Affiliation. Given the typically controversial nature of her analysis into evolutionary science and faith, she publicly acknowledges that she has been and continues to be a lifelong atheist, who grew up in a non-religious family of scientists.

About Newman College, Birmingham 

Newman College, situated in Birmingham, UK was based as a trainer coaching school in 1968, based mostly on the rules of a college set out by its Patron, Blessed John Henry Newman. In 2013, Newman College proudly achieved full college standing and since then the college has expanded its provide with Basis, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Though the college has expanded, the ethos and values stay clear; with a student-centred strategy Newman is an inclusive and various college with an purpose of widening participation inside the area people. Newman College has a analysis tradition which focuses on selling progressive and multi-disciplinary analysis, which makes a distinction to the world and contributes to the widespread good.

Concerning the British Science Affiliation 

The British Science Affiliation (BSA) believes that science ought to be a part of – moderately than set other than – society and tradition, and is owned by the broader group. Our programmes encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to interact with science, turn out to be ambassadors for science, and finally to be empowered to problem and affect British science – whether or not they work in science or not.

Established in 1831, the BSA is a registered charity that organises main initiatives throughout the UK, together with British Science Week, the annual British Science Competition, regional and native occasions, the CREST Awards and different programmes for younger individuals in faculties and schools. The BSA additionally organises particular actions for skilled science communicators, together with a specialist convention and coaching. For extra info, please go to www.britishscienceassociation.org

Concerning the British Science Competition  

The British Science Competition is one among Europe’s largest science festivals and often attracts a whole lot of the UK’s high scientists and audio system to debate the most recent developments in science with the general public. Over 10,000 guests attend the talks, discussions and workshops. Registration is free for journalists, and will get you entry to a whole lot of occasions. The Competition takes place at a special location every year and was final held in Brighton in 1983. The 2017 Competition will happen from 5 – 9 September, co-hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. For additional info, go to www.britishsciencefestival.org, @BritishSciFest, #BSF17.



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