Great article. I found it interesting because I had not ever thought so deeply of why the rejection of evolution is caused; but this article clears things over. Over the past few months, I became aware of the fact that nothing is THAT complex that it baffles every human mind, to the point where it is impossible to understand. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did and see it as an eye-opener. :3
You might expect a professional evolutionary biologist like myself to claim that my discipline has nothing to learn from creationists. And I certainly do find all flavors of evolution-denialism sadly misguided. But I also find it reasonable to assume that any serious and dedicated critic should uncover something interesting about the object of their obsession. I’m not talking about passing trolls here. I’m talking about earnest and sometimes talented people whose sincerely held anti-evolution convictions do not preclude engagement, and who invest a lot of time thinking about evolution from an unconventional perspective.
I draw three main lessons from such critics. First, there is plenty to learn about human psychology from the rejection of evolution. Why do so many people not accept scientific conclusions that seem to an expert like me to be irrefutably supported by the evidence? Dismissing the cause of their rejection as religious ideology…
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