Monday, October 23, 2006

46 Percent of Americans believe that...


The universe was created on or about today's date, October 23, in the year 4004 B.C. (6010 years ago today)

Some caveats:

1. This is according to the gallup poll
2. This is according to Usher's chronology.

I'm terribly curious, so here's a little poll for you: do you:

A. Believe the earth is approximately 6000 years.
B. Believe the earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old.
C. Believe the earth is some other age--and if so, what age?
D. Have no idea what age the earth is.
E. Have no idea what age the earth is, and not really care anyway.

And 2. Do you believe Adam had a belly button?

14 comments:

me said...

I am embarrased to say (D) ... (sigh) .. there is so much important things that I don;t know!

Justin said...

I'm a cynic.

I'm a cynic when it comes to anyone claiming to know the age of the earth.

me said...

And does age of the earth knowledge coincide with happiness search :?

Benjamin Ady said...

...not so much the knowledge, but the search for knowledge very much coincides with the happiness search in my particular case. This because one of my "yes-s" (wierd--what is the plural of "yes"?) is love of learning. So I am happier when I am learning.

Nat said...

It could be worse Rhea - I work at a natural history museum and still don't know! My instinct is B I guess.

Working out what I think about biological and geological evolution has been on my to-do list for about a decade now.

Nat said...

Oh forgot to say. Interesting blog Benjamin - have enjoyed reading.

me said...

happier learning = me too! but with knowledge comes responsibility... Yikes!! Just jokin! R

Benjamin Ady said...

...let us raise our glasses to responsibility--I'm guessing it makes us human, somehow.

Megs said...

D
as for adam's belly button - yes, i think he did - in a kind of mirroring-what-was-to-be way. Eve too, indeed. I love our girls' belly buttons, because they once were connected to me through them!! WOW!! I never heard navels referred to as belly buttons until I was quite old. Is that the American name?

Mabley said...

So, you're a fan of Dan, huh?! That's good to know. I had to read a lot of his books for a counseling class I took a few years ago...I've loved his stuff ever since.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Hope you visit every once in a while.

-Allison

Seren Rose said...

Hallo. I think the earth is very old. Terribly, terribly old and somehow wise. I'm quite a giaist, or a gaiaist. perhaps it's gaian. i remember i used to think my belly button and my tear ducts were kind of special because i would be in heaven without them. it's always been kind of instinct to feel something's value is not related to how long it will exist for.

Benjamin Ady said...

no belly button or tear ducts in heaven. That's delightful and childlike.

byron said...

Tear ducts I get, but why no belly button (which I don't think is just an American term as I grew up with it; navel sounds more formal - or refers to a variety of orange, or a misspelling of the watery military) in the resurrection? Sure there might not be more babies being born, but are they a defect? Indeed, I think they have value as a sign of our link to others (as megs pointed out). Augustine thought that we'd have genitals in the resurrection, even though they would just be 'for beauty'. (Sorry to go there - and to slip it in at the end of a paragraph when you mightn't been expecting it)

And B.

Benjamin Ady said...

here's to things "just for beauty"