I knew the numbers were high, but if the 46% number is an accurate reflection, that is pretty remarkable. 10,000 years? Really?
Last week, Gallup announced the results of their latest survey on Americans and evolution. The numbers were a stark blow to high-school science teachers everywhere: forty-six per cent of adults said they believed that “God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.” Only fifteen per cent agreed with the statement that humans had evolved without the guidance of a divine power.
It would be so much more convenient if the laws of physics lined up with our naïve beliefs—or if evolution was wrong and living things didn’t evolve through random mutation. But reality is not a mirror; science is full of awkward facts. And this is why believing in the right version of things takes work.
Some evolution recommendations seem to be in order....
Link: Growing Up in the Universe
The Origin of Species
The Voyage of the Beagle
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Blind Watchmaker