Is creationism contagious?

Could it be carried across the Atlantic Ocean by migrating birds?  Or US passengers getting off planes in the UK?  Or is it a virulent meme (if there are such), which is invading British brains?

The Guardian reports:

Twenty-nine per cent of teachers believe that creationism and intelligent design should be taught as science, according to an online survey of attitudes to teaching evolution in the UK. Nearly 50% of the respondents said they believed that excluding alternatives to evolution was counter-productive and would alienate pupils from science.

If you look at all the related articles, which should be on the first page of this link, the news is a bit more cheering.  We can raise questions about the polls, for example.  But the news as a whole doesn’t look good. 

Hey, say it ain’t so, British posters/readers!

And many thanks to the Florida Philosophy Student Blog for the heads up.

Merit Pay? And another job market worry

His excellence/her luck=he’s rewarded.  It holds for CEOs, and it seems obvious that if there’s a general tendency here in differential explanations, it will show up in lots of competitive situations, including the job market.  And such tendencies tend to be general.

A recent Business Week article explores the reasons for the continuing pay gap among men and women CEOs.  One reasons may be the continuing tendency for people to attribute good results to something internal to him, but external to her.

An earlier article describes a study examining the differential evaluation of men and women.

Indeed, when the worst-performing companies began doing very well, men’s bonuses rose 263% on average, vs. 4% for women. In slumps, the women were punished a bit less, another sign of the “indifference to the women’s performance,” says study co-author Clara Kulich

Arrrrrrrrrgghhh!!!!