Although I remain entirely sceptical about theism ever dying out or losing political power around the world there are some glimmers of hope.
Thirty two years ago, Professor Michael Archer of the University of New South Wales (Australia) began a simple questionaire for incoming university students that rated their belief in evolution or creationism.
The findings of this questionaire were published yesterday and they are at least somewhat reassuring.
Professor Archer was a prominent spokesperson for an acclaimed paleontological excavation in the early 1990s in the Riversleigh region of Queensland which produced a huge array of fossilised remains of ancient lifeforms in Australia including a complete seven metre fossil python (officially named "Montypythonoides") and one surprising carnivorous kangaroo.
Prof. Archer was also declared Skeptic of the Year, by the New South Wales Skeptics Association in 1998.
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