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Title: Public Acceptance of Evolution in India
Authors: Bast, Felix
Tahilramani, Heena
Keywords: Evolution;Acceptance;Creationism;Religion;Politics;Public Understanding of Science (PUS)
Issue Date: Jan-2018
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The public acceptance of evolution has been in debate since the initial publication of Darwin’s theory about the origin of species. According to public polls carried out in a several countries, the public acceptance of evolution is low in many countries with high degree of religiosity. Although religiosity is high in India, public acceptance of evolution has never been objectively evaluated in India yet. The rejection or denial of evolution could possibly offer the risk of shifting science education to common or popular beliefs and ideas, for example, creationism and intelligent design.
The aim of the present study was to find out the public acceptance of evolution in India by carrying out a primary survey in 14 Indian states. Based on the answers by the participants, the study explored the variables related to public acceptance of evolution namely, gender, religion, politics and occupation. The results showed that 68.5% participants accepted evolution, which is very high compared with other countries of the world. 90% of the participants also agreed that the earth is older than 10,000 years. Plausible reasons for high acceptance of evolution in India are being discussed in this paper.
Page(s): 24-38
URI: http://nopr.niscair.res.in/handle/123456789/47281
ISSN: 2278-2796 (Online); 2278-2788 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JST Vol.06(1-2) [January-June 2018]

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