Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain...

...at least in the United States. 7 in 10 Republicans don't believe in evolution. 4 in 10 Democrats don't. And even scarier:
The data indicate some seeming confusion on the part of Americans on this issue. About a quarter of Americans say they believe both in evolution's explanation that humans evolved over millions of years and in the creationist explanation that humans were created as is about 10,000 years ago...
We can't even be consistently stupid. We must be self-contradictorily stupid. This is one area where supernaturalism isn't just a harmless indulgence, but an actual active force of ignorance. And things aren't getting better:
A 2005 Harris poll showed 6% fewer Americans believing in human evolution than they had in 1994.
It's stuff like this that makes me believe that perhaps the fall of America from its position of global dominance would be a good thing. But then I take a look at what the Chinese government is like and change my mind.

Individual human beings can be wonderful, but as a lot we're pretty hopeless.

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