Thursday, February 12, 2009

no controversy, just crackpots and fools

Happy birthday to one of the greatest minds that ever lived. No, not Abraham Lincoln, although he certainly ranks very high on the list. Today is the two-hundredth birthday of Charles Darwin. While other people were also coming up with similar lines of thought at the same time he was, the branch of science for which he is credited, evolutionary theory, has over the last hundred and fifty years become the indispensable cornerstone of biology and as an explanation for the diversity of life on this planet has absolutely no legitimate competition. As a scientifically testable hypothesis, it passes test after test and fulfills prediction after prediction and is universally accepted by biological scientists worldwide.

However, to our eternal shame and embarrassment, the United States of America, the land of the greatest educational opportunities on the planet, is a country where four out of every ten people do not "believe in" the most thoroughly tested and confirmed explanation for the multifarous forms of life on Earth.

This kind of willful ignorance is taking a horrible toll on our society for which we will pay an enormous price, and there is no room for it in the world of the twenty-first century.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/114544/Darwin-Birthday-Believe-Evolution.aspx

6 Comments:

Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

wow, only 4 in ten--that's scary. Really scary. I guess the wingnuts are reproducing faster than sentient beings. Milo, maybe we should have children and up the odds a little?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

And no, not together.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

Damn.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

I'm not entirely sure that the world would survive my progeny. I've done enough damage by myself...

11:13 AM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

not nearly enough for my liking!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

I'm still young.

11:32 AM  

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