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A Sensible Survey

January 10, 2008

Yes or No answers are vague.  I expect fleshed out thoughts people.  Explanation detail can be at least a sentence, more if you feel motivated.

Q1:  Do you think that evolution is a highly likely explanation for the flora and fauna on Earth?   Explain your position in detail.

Q2:  Do you consider humanity to be an animal or something else?  If something else, what exactly?  What is your criteria for differentiating humans from animals?  Explain your position in detail.

Q3:  Considering how infinitesimally small the Earth is when viewing the universe in its entirety, Do you think its beneficial and healthy for someone to act as if humanity is the reason for the universe?  Explain your position in detail.

Q4:  Do you think Missouri voting approval for stem cell research in 2006 was positive or negative?  Explain your position in detail.

Q5:  Do you think that Global Warming is reality, a scam, or something else?  Explain your position in detail.

Q6:  Reading a book recently, it was brought up that skin pigmentation differentiation is a relatively recent and innocuous human adaptation.  Given this information do you think racism or partiality of skin color is even more ridiculous than you would have without this information?

Q7:  Do you consider Plate Tectonics to be something that says something true about the nature of our planet?  Explain your position in detail.

Q8:  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2001 the Adult Population in the U.S was 207,980,000.  Of this adult population the religious affiliations split up like so:
Christian: 76.7%
Jewish:  1.4%
Muslim: 0.5%
Buddhist:  0.5%
Unitarian:  0.3%
Hindu:  0.4%
Other (Native American, Scientology, Baha’i, Taoist, New Age, Eckankar, Rastafarian, Sikh, Wiccan, Deity, Druid, Santeria, Pagan, Spiritualist, Ethical Culture): 0.5%
Other (unspecified): 0.2%
Atheist:  0.4%
Agnostic:  0.5%
No Religion:  13.2%
Refused:  5.4%

Census Data in PDF format

This data could be taken to mean that the United States is a ‘Christian nation’ or ‘A Nation Consisting Mostly of Christians’.  However, 23.3% of Americans do not identify themselves as Christian. Given the data above and the example statement that “The United States is a Christian Nation”, do you find this statement to be unfair to the remaining 23.3% of the U.S. population effectively excluded by the statement?  Explain your position in detail.

Leave your answers in a comment.  Thank you!

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