Common Sense Is Senseless
Adam Ozimek cuts through the opaque obviousness others apparently fail to see. That’s not snark.
On the subject of evolution, it’s become clear mainstream belief is an uncomfortable position for scientists and teachers. From the journal Science:
“Over the past 20 years, the percentage of U.S. adults accepting the idea of evolution has declined from 45% to 40% and the percentage of adults overtly rejecting evolution declined from 48% to 39%. The percentage of adults who were not sure about evolution increased from 7% in 1985 to 21% in 2005.”
Adam closes the gap: “It is not extremists who are occupying the stage; any individual expressing doubt or rejection of evolution is within the mainstream.”
I think the problem is no different than with American Christians being behind atheists and agnostics, Mormons and Jews concerning religious knowledge. Clergy, pastors and religious mentors are likely to blame for much of that, although this is merely conjecture from a post-Catholic school agnostic. Scientists have failed, miserably, to advertise their wealth of knowledge and facts in a easy to swallow story for the public. The story of creation is much more appealing; the facts of the faith — whether it’s religious or scientific — aren’t heard, they’re spoken but not understood. Ask an evolution denier and you’ll quickly realize they don’t know as much as you expected about what they strongly believe is fact or fiction. Evolution deniers will repeat facts of faith and chastity while screwing a chick that just evolved from a monkey. They won’t realize how ridiculous they seem.
Clergy and science have failed. What you have left is the mainstream –the ignorant mass. No one said common sense has to make sense. There are no stories about evolutionary facts, only creation. Maybe they should hire Don Draper for the job. That’s about what it’ll take.