Evolutionary illiteracy

With Intelligent Design proponents like Casey Luskin blogging lengthy diatribes like “Darwin Believers Hide Fears of Intelligent Design Behind a Wall of Denial and Ridicule” at mainstream news sites, it’s no wonder that the proportion of Americans with even the meanest grasp on evolutionary theory is so low (as indicated in the graph below – data from the journal Science, 2006) – an astonishing situation given the USA’s international position as powerhouse of scientific research.

The anti-evolution comments following that article display an extraordinary depth of ignorance, a situation likely to get worse as battles over the teaching of evolution in American schools keep on happening.

Public acceptance of evolution
Public acceptance of evolution

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