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Science and Religion, Science and Atheism

John Hawks has a post linking out to a survey published in the Guardian and conducted by the British Council, which polled 10,000 people in 10 countries to determine whether they believe in evolution, whether it should be taught, and whether beliefs in religion and evolution can be held simultaneously. Hawks notes that "China has the greatest percentage who 'agree that the scientific evidence for evolution exists,' at 55 percent. But they also have a surprising number (19 percent) who think that 'evolution should NOT be taught, only other theories.'" According to the survey, 33 percent of Americans said there's evidence for evolution, while 51 percent of Brits and 8 percent of Egyptians and South Africans said the same.

Meanwhile, Larry Moran at Sandwalk considers whether science leads to atheism, and specifically, whether science education would convert previously religious students to atheism. While he acknowledges that "a good science education will threaten most religious beliefs and in some cases will cause students to abandon those beliefs," he says that "it is not true that exposing students to good science teaching will inevitably make them abandon their religion."

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.