Mention creationism, and many scientists think of the United States, where efforts to limit the teaching of evolution have made headway in a couple of states1. But the successes are modest compared with those in South Korea, where the anti-evolution sentiment seems to be winning its battle with mainstream science.
A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx.
I didn't know this was possible in South Korea. Or in any Asian country. Could it happen here? In China?
I have met the odd foreigner here and there who believed in Creationism. One Canadian and a handfull of Europeans, shockingly. I met some creationist Isralis in Thailand, but that doesn't shock me as much. But I thought Asians would be less likely. What's going on?