Friday, November 20, 2015

In America young people are helping Evolution finally overcome Creationism as the accepted explanation for life on this planet.

Courtesy of Slate:  

Few issues have divided the American public as bitterly as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Since On the Origin of Species was published in 1859, it has driven a wedge between those who accept that humans and this planet’s other inhabitants have evolved over time, and those who believe that our species was created in its current form with no alterations. While the majority of people in Europe and in many other parts of the world accept evolution, the United States lags behind. Today, 4 in 10 adults in America believe that humans have existed in our present form since the beginning of time, and in many religious groups, that number is even higher. This is woeful. 

Now, at long last, there seems to be hope: National polls show that creationism is beginning to falter, and Americans are finally starting to move in favor of evolution. After decades of legal battles, resistance to science education, and a deeply rooted cultural divide, evolution may be poised to win out once and for all. 

The people responsible for this shift are the young. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, 73 percent of American adults younger than 30 expressed some sort of belief in evolution, a jump from 61 percent in 2009, the first year in which the question was asked. The number who believed in purely secular evolution (that is, not directed by any divine power) jumped from 40 percent to a majority of 51 percent. In other words, if you ask a younger American how humans arose, you’re likely to get an answer that has nothing to do with God.

First off I would like to correct the author of this piece that people do not have a "belief" in Evolution, but rather they come to accept the facts of Evolution.  

Belief is only required for things without a factual basis.

However it is great news that our young people are throwing off the fears and superstitions of their parents and grandparents and embracing the reality of the world as it is, rather than as ancient mythologies would represent it.

Just one more reason to be hopeful for our future, and those who will someday assume the mantle of power.


  1. Leland4:27 AM

    And if we are lucky, those same young will also overtake their stupid parents and fight against the destruction of women's rights as well!

  2. Off-topic but really on.

  3. Anonymous5:13 AM

    More proselytizing from an atheist.

    1. That's a big word there Spanky.

      Now imagine how much more irritating it would be if I came to your door pushing an agenda, or told your children that if they did not think like I do that they will suffer for all eternity.

      Remember this is my home, A place I created for people to talk about the issues usually considered taboo in polite conversation but which I feel should be discussed openly.

      If the conversation is too troubling for you, or threatening to your beliefs, then allow me to point to the exit.

    2. Leland5:24 AM

      Oh? Really? Well, in my book, the triumph of facts over superstition is something worthy of proselytizing.

    3. Leland4:24 PM

      To prevent any possibility of confusion, my first reply was aimed at 5:13, NOT Gryphen as it may appear.

  4. Anonymous6:11 AM

    Why are we now assuming we know people well enough to know who wrongs them?

    I think we all need a huge step back to remember the people discussed here are strangers.

    it is interesting how everyone agreed that Sarah isn't a feared person though.

    1. Anonymous7:43 AM

      You're a hateful black-hearted monster, Alicia.

      Do your parents still have to lock their bedroom door at night?

  5. Anonymous6:22 AM

    Sarah is the last person who'd wrong Bristol. Especially since I guarantee Bristol wishes she would've listened to her parents and not gotten involved with an ex in high school.

    Though in the end, Bristol did listen to her heart and because of it she doesn't have to deal with a psychotic SIL.

    But people who've wronged her:

    -immoral democrats who lie
    -a few "friends" who don't know her who lie about her
    -dishonest fake author ex whom she felt compelled to give him a taste of his own medicine

    But all people have those who do them wrong. And it is true that once that happens, a parent will never view that person the same.

    1. Anonymous7:41 AM

      You have no idea how a parent feels, and you never will, Alicia. I wish something would happen to you.

  6. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Why is Gryphen allowing criticism of Sadie? It's against Alaska law.


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