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.