I've been doing some research and just found this figure: only 22 percent of Canadians think God created human beings within the last 10,000 years or so. In the U.S. the number is roughly double that. Similarly, I recently learned from appearing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Lateline" program that just 20 percent of Australians are global warming deniers. They're very worried about this fact down there, and they should be--but again, the percentage is much higher in the U.S. Pew puts it at 49 percent. These cross-country comparisons certainly do support the notion that there is something about the U.S. populace that's notably unscientific, especially given our state of technological and economic development.