Most Americans Don’t Believe in Big Bang

Graphic courtesy of dreamhawk.com.

Graphic courtesy of dreamhawk.com.

The universe was created billions and billions of years ago, when a tiny ball of matter suddenly exploded, throwing all sorts of space junk into existence, including our primordial forebears.  If you don’t believe that you’re either a Jesus Jumper, uneducated, or just not very bright.

Unfortunately 51 percent of Americans are “not too confident” or “not at all confident” that the Big Bang really happened, according to a new Associated Press poll. On the flip side, only 21 percent of adults are confident the Big Bang happened.

Happily more Americans are confident that evolution (31 percent) and global warming (33 percent) are real, demonstrating that religion’s stranglehold on society is loosening.   In addition an astonishing 15 percent of adults aren’t so sure smoking causes cancer, while an equally astonishing 15 percent put their children’s very lives at risk by claiming childhood vaccines are unsafe.

The very idea that so many people don’t believe in the current science is a frightening thought indeed.  The reality is that American schools no longer spend a lot of time on science, with more time being spend on arts, social sciences, and other disciplines, including religious nonsense such as creationism, which are not in the least bit helpful in our highly competitive world.  We have become an embarrassment in the eyes of the rest of the civilized world which is way ahead of America in science and math.

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10 Responses to Most Americans Don’t Believe in Big Bang

  1. Jess Reply

    April 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

    It’s entirely possible those that do not believe in evolution do so because it hasn’t happened to them personally. Is it any wonder why we are falling behind the rest of the world with results like this. I do not know whether to be embarrassed about this or ashamed of how stupid some people are. Ok, I’ll go with both then.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      April 22, 2014 at 7:44 am

      “It’s entirely possible those that do not believe in evolution do so because it hasn’t happened to them personally.”

      LOL! Well said Jess.

  2. Norman Rampart Reply

    April 22, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Only BIG BANG I ever believed in was my first!

    Sorry….trust me to lower the tone 😉

    Surely Jesus rising from the dead a la zombie and the drowning of evil giraffes a la Noah’s Ark is way more believable than some random bang isn’t it? What does science know eh? Evil thing is science….

  3. James Smith Reply

    April 22, 2014 at 6:54 am

    It’s true. The dumbing down of America is doing very well. No matter, within 50 years, the country will cease to exist in the form it is now and most of the world will be relieved that it isn’t smart enough to do any real harm.

  4. Marsha Woerner Reply

    April 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Well, the “big bang” is a misnomer. I don’t believe in the “Big Bang” in that I don’t believe that there was a “bang”; there was nothing to bang! Maybe that’s what people mean when they say they don’t believe in the Big Bang! Yeah, we’re not stupid! In fact, we’re smart! We know there was no oxygen to actually bang, consequently, there was no “Big Bang” 🙂
    No, seriously, I agree with James Smith: “within 50 years, the country will cease to exist in the form it is now “. I agree that the United States of America was a great experiment, but somehow the freedom to be stupid, in my mind, is not one that can really be overcome.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      April 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I think it might take a little longer than 50 years. In 50 years the world is going to be facing the biggest crisis of the modern age: climate change. Rapid, unstoppable warming of the planet will cause imaginary horrors, and it’s already begun. As a result one can only hope that the stupids of our government will have put down their tin hats and rolled up their sleeves ready to fight this new potentially extinction level event. Then on second thought. Nah. They won’t. Fifty years is about right.

      • James Smith Reply

        April 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

        Sadly, I think you are right once again about the politicians. (sigh)

  5. Bill Formby Reply

    April 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    The so called “Big Bang” theory presumes a collision of immense proportions that scatted crap all around and it happened to land in all of the right places for us to get here. Well, maybe. Maybe not. If the was a collision and no one was here to hear it did it actually make a sound.:) But the accidental strewing of selected matter in just the right places is also a stretch of the mind. The scientists know that some how the right elements were brought together and their observation lead them to believe it was this massive collision. But just as easily the elements could have already been here and we are fortunate that the collision did not destroy everything. After all, Gravity was one thought to be just some type of magnetism until Einstein came along. That’s why we call them theories and not absolutes.

    • Glenn Geist Reply

      April 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I’ve always been fond of the dismissive “so-called” gambit as if calling it so meant it wasn’t or at least that only a fool would believe it. It’s cousin to the “Tantamount” ploy which depends on people not knowing what tantamount means so when you tell them A is tantamount to B they’ll believe A equals B when it doesn’t necessarily have to at all.

      Of course the Universe was already vast, having expanded at an unimaginable rate and faster than light, before there was anything like matter at all. True, some so-called M theorists have talked about a collision between ‘branes’ or between dimensions that caused our universe. Others suggest a foamy ‘multiverse’ with new ones budding off old ones like what happens when some jerk puts salt in your beer but that’s tantamount to saying they don’t have a clue and besides many Americans don’t believe it so that’s that.

      And yes, theories are just conjectures and thus less reliable even than opinions and even if all evidence supports the theory and none supports the opinion, they’re equivalent. At least that’s what the majority thinks and the majority rules, don’t you agree?

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