While you may think that these sorts of things are insignificant, think again. These attitudes go far beyond just evolution; what these people are ultimately saying is that scientists don't know what they are talking about, and this skepticism surfaces in other scientific areas, such as anthropocentric climate change. While scientists believe the debate is over on this issue, many Americans remain skeptical, enough so that they elected a man to be president who has called climate change a "Chinese hoax." Let that settle in.
This weeks traditio deals with Charles Darwin's ideas in light of modern science. Steven Pinker, who is interviewed by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, is a cognitive scientist and evolutionary psychologist. Pinker is one of my personal heroes, a very clear thinker and polymath, as well fascinating to watch. Enjoy.