Why doesn’t America believe in evolution?

Article reads: Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals: true or false? This simple question is splitting America apart, with a growing proportion thinking that we did not descend from an ancestral ape. A survey of 32 European countries, the US and Japan has revealed that only Turkey is less willing than the US to accept evolution true science. National Geographic also did an article on about this issue.


3 thoughts on “Why doesn’t America believe in evolution?

  1. Without being disaggregated by demographic groups, the data is rubbish. Note that all of the surveyed countries are ethnically European but three: Turkey, Japan, and the U.S. Draw a line frome the far northwest of Europe to the far southeast, starting in Iceland and ending in Anatolia, and you get a pretty good predictor of where a nation is on the list. The U.S. is now 30% non-European (and climbing), so it doesn’t count anymore. What would the survey look like if African/Latin American/and more than one Oriental nation were included?

    Another interesting question would be “Why do so many people who believe in evolution not believe in evolution?” I am referring to liberals who seem to think that all humans, treated equally, will have equal educational & economic outcomes.

  2. Interesting points (although I don’t understand your second question) but your first point is interesting. I think some things I should have added to this post is that the countries surveyed were “developed” countries, so that’s why you don’t see African and other countries. We’re at the bottom of the developed world.

    I think a more interesting correlation is that the U.S. may be the most Christian developed nation, and many Christians (and their church leaderships) have not been successful in implementing or accepting Evolution in their theology instead of treating it as heresy.

  3. Fair enough, although I doubt there’s really a bright clear line between “developed” and “non-developed.” It seems more like a continuum.

    Religion has something to do with it: Western Europe has pretty much abandoned the whole God thing. Science education is also pretty much the bastard stepchild of the American school system. In most states, districts aren’t allowed to pay science teachers any more than English teachers, even though someone with a science degree (and a decent grasp of the subject) could make far more in the private sector than as a teacher, the same of which can’t necessarily be said for an English or history major.

    As for my last point, I mean to say that a lot of liberals pretty much seem to buy into the blank slate hypothesis of human nature> All differences between genders, ethnicities, and races can be explained away by socialization. In other words, while they embrace evolution in theory, they reject many of its conclusions. So in the U.S., science gets rejected by both liberals and conservatives. Not a good starting point.

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