Monday, August 18, 2008

Many Believe in Divine Intervention

This is the kind of "general public" that one has to deal with when we try to introduce science and scientific rationality. A new survey being published showed that more than half of Americans surveyed believe in some kind of miraculous, divine intervention to help save and revive a dying patient, despite all professional medical advice.

More than half of randomly surveyed adults -- 57 percent -- said God's intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand that treatment continue.

What year is this again?

Now, couple this with the recent report on whether Americans are science-savvy enough to make an informed decision, and then you look at the 2008 Science and Engineering Indicators on the public's understanding of science, and you can understand why I have such a skeptical view of science acceptance by the public. They'll use it, and they'll depend on it, but don't count of them having any degree of acceptance and understanding of it.


1 comment:

Chad Orzel said...

Because, of course, nothing brings out the rational thought like contemplating the traumatic death of a loved one...

Orac's take on this is well worth reading, and puts the findings in perspective.