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  •  Meanwhile, the GOP is feasting on baked brains! (0+ / 0-)
    Poll: Republicans doubt the Theory of Evolution
    Posted on December 30, 2013 | By Joel Connelly

    The Theory of Evolution received a big boost 90 years ago in the Scopes Trial, in which a young Tennessee teacher was tried for having introduced the views of Charles Darwin to his students.  But Darwin has his doubters among Republicans in 21st Century America.

    Just 43 percent of self-identified Republicans in America believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time, according to a newly released Pew Research Center poll.  The figure has fallen sharply from 54 percent in a similar survey taken in 2009.

    By contrast, 48 percent from the GOP believe that all living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

    The Republicans’ attitudes toward evolution contrast with those of Democrats and Independent voters.  Sixty-seven percent of Democrats accept evolution of species over time, along with 65 percent of Independents.

    Of course, when you and everyone you know haven't "evolved" since you were, oh, 4 years old, it's easy to see how you'd be skeptical about evolution.

    Now scuze me while I munch on some FreeDumb! Fries...

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 04:41:27 AM PST

    •  Well, in defense of Republicans.... (0+ / 0-)

      "living beings" don't evolve, species do.  I think their fundamental misunderstanding of exactly what evolution is leads to them not believing in it.  Many of these people think that "evolution" means the ability for an organism to sprout wings if the needs to fly arises.  And the dumb-dumb media doesn't help matters.  If you explain it in terms of animal breeding, and weeding out specfic genotypes with each successive generation, they get it.

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 06:20:51 AM PST

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      •  I have REALLY hard time (0+ / 0-)

        being patient with or sympathetic to people who are not mentally challenged in the medical sense and have had access to a still relatively ok educational system and who still don't fucking have a clue about anything outside their comfort zone. It's the mental laziness more than anything that offends me. These are people who would be challenged by a rubber ball if not shown what it was for. I absolutely believe that a major difference between people on the right and left has to do with cognitive and emotional capacity and inclination.

        That said, when I come across such people, I try REAL hard to not be rude or mean, and explain things to them in a way they can grasp. The venting I limit to venues such as this, where people are bright and informed.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 08:55:35 AM PST

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