A tip o’ the hat to Jaime Ullinger of the BioAnthropology News group on facebook, and to Katha Pollitt of The Nation, for bringing this to my attention.
Each year the Gallup organization polls the US public on their beliefs with respect to evolution. The question, asked each year, offers three alternative ‘takes’ on reality.
I’m pretty sure anyone reading this here would agree… There’s nothing very hopeful here. The clear winner is that ‘God created humans in present form … within the last 10,000 years or so.’
If you add up the two alternatives with ‘God’ in the mix, there has been an almost imperceptible fall-off over the past 20 years. But essentially the viewpoint of the American public is unchanged in that time. The [for me] ultimate response is to alter only slightly the words of a bumper sticker I remember seeing a long time ago.
Beam me up, Scotty. There’s less intelligent life down here than we thought.
Seriously? Between 44% and 47% of a cross-section of the US population are young-earth Christianists. I’m no math whiz, but that’s a scary lot of WHACK-Os walking the streets. As Ms. Pollitt points out in her editorial, it’s no wonder the right is able to pull the wool over the eyes of their supporters on so many issues linked to the clear rejection of science on the part of half the voters. The author of the Nation piece quotes a perspicacious politico with a lovely turn of mind.
“Sea-level rise” is a “left-wing term,” said Virginia state legislator Chris Stolle, a Republican, successfully urging its replacement in a state-commissioned study by the expression “recurrent flooding.”
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