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7. Comment #437406 by hairybreeks


http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/Press-office/Press-releases/Darwin-survey-shows-international-consensus-on-acceptance-of-evolution/

says

The survey is now open to the public in each of these countries and can be completed by visiting the survey online [hairybreeks link]. Over the coming months, this survey will create the largest data set ever gathered on the public’s understanding of evolutionary theory.


Oh please!

The MORI poll probably surveyed according to demographics and all the other normalising tricks to attempt to get an accurate population figure from a very limited sample.

An internet poll does no such thing. It "self selects" from those most interested in taking the survey (for political reasons?).

I shall invoke the old data processing phrase - GIGO - "Garbage in, garbage out"

it should be:-


this survey will create the largest, most useless, and probably most dangerous, data set ever gathered on the public’s understanding of evolutionary theory


I add "most dangerous" because we all know how the IDiots love to quote mine. Fuck knows what this online survey will "find", and fuck knows how it will be (mis)used. And It will probably be (deliberately) confused with the first MORI poll.

Twats!

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 17:39:00 UTC | #419001