Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Of course, it depends on the definition of "we".

We are celebrating this year the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth on February 12, 1809. This puts him in one of the most famous pairs of historical figures born on the same day in the same year, since that is also Lincoln's birthday.

Sadly, when I write "we are celebrating" or the poster refers to what "we can believe in", the word "we" has to be defined. This year's "do you believe in evolution" poll had the number of people who believe at 39%, those who don't at 25% and 36% who aren't sure. Compare those numbers to the answers of the question "Do you believe that America and Africa were once part of the same continent?" 42% said yes, 26% said no, 32% were not sure.

This just in: One quarter of the American population are idiots and a separate one third are just bad students. This means seven of every twelve people in this country are truly stupid or just dull.

It's no wonder Fox News and professional wrestling get such high ratings.

The next time they have one of these polls, I want them to ask people if they believe in the Pythagorean Theorem, just to see what kind of numbers they get on that question.

If there has been much change in the "controversy" surrounding evolution, I'd have to say that change has been very gradual indeed.

Here's to the believers, many of whom are numbered among the regular readers of this blog.


Margaret Benbow said...

"...and a separate one-third are just bad students." Yes. And a lot of those TAKE PRIDE in refusing to learn.

Gene said...

The Pythagorean Theorem is a socialist plot! The government shouldn't dictate how long the hypotenuse is!


namastenancy said...

It's hard to believe in evolution when I read that Glen Beck is now an art critic for Faux News. Some of us evolved and some just haven't!

Matty Boy said...

Gene: You're absolutely right. It's not enough to have 180 degrees if you have no DEGREES OF FREEDOM!

We must always stand for DEGREES OF FREEDOM!

Karen Zipdrive said...

If I was responding to the poll about believing in the Pythagorean Theorem, I'd answer yes because I figure anyone who'd create such a ponderous phrase would have to have a reason.

Fran said...

Pythagorean Theorum.

Oh Matty, it is true. You don't love America, do you?


I mean, WTF, do people want to believe shit or know shit, that is the questions? Do they actually want to learn?

Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't think evolution is something you believe or disbelieve but something you accept or deny. The phrase "believe in evolution" gives deniers much more credit than they deserve by making evolution sound like some fringe hypothesis instead of the longstanding central principle of biology that it is.

But yes, semantics aside, Americans are indeed idiots.

dguzman said...

Love the graphic. Hate dumb Murkans.