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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.