The ongoing battle between creationists and scientists is still raging. Polls conducted over the last 30 years have indicated that more than 40% of Americans believe that God created life fewer than 100 centuries ago (Gallup, 2012). A majority of this population also believes that scientists have been actively perpetuating an anti-faith conspiracy for centuries.
In the Geological Society of America‘s November issue of GSA Today, David Montgomery’s account of this debate condemns creationists for abandoning “faith in reason” and discarding a centuries-old theologic understanding that “rocks don’t lie.”
The geosciences are hiring. Thanks to booming mineral and petroleum industries and increasing awareness of climate change, geoscience jobs are multiplying faster than the number of qualified applicants in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Despite this increased demand, universities across the globe are downsizing their geosciences programs. Last year, Open University, which boasts about 4,500 Earth Science students per year, cut all residential geoscience courses. The university’s reasoning? Read Steven Drury’s article for earth-pages to find out.