“We don’t need fossils; the case for evolution is water-tight without them. So it is paradoxical to use gaps in the fossil records as if it were evidence against evolution- we are lucky to have fossils at all. What would be evidence against evolution, and very strong evidence at that, would be the discovery of a single fossil in the wrong geological stratum. J.B.S. Haldane famously retorted (when asked to name an observation that would disprove the theory of evolution), ‘fossil rabbits in the pre-cambrian.’ No such rabbits, no authentically anachronistic fossils of any kind have ever been found. All the fossils that we have (which are many) occur without a single authenticated exception in the right temporal sequence . Not a single solitary fossil has ever been found before it could have evolved..” (Richard Dawkins)
While the logic of the above statement is irrefutable, the problem is that a whole lot of people are seriously confused, ignorant, or have been brainwashed/indoctrinated to think otherwise regarding the reality of evolution. What upwards of 45% of Americans apparently don’t get is that evolution is nor more a theory than gravity is theory.. You can try all you want to have faith that if you toss a ball into the air it won’t come down, yet every single time the experiment is conducted the ball returns to earth. Moral: ignore nature and reality at your own risk. Problem with religion and evolution, is that those who are militant exporters of the creation myth attempt to infect it into public policy. It’s alarming, and dangerous, because the data shows that the less educated you are the more likely it is that you believe in creationism. Couple that with other correlations such as being a member of the Republican party and it gets even worse.
What the data show is that if you are a Republican, have only a high school education, and attend church weekly the odds are extremely high (99%) that you believe that God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. Wow, just wow! In fact, only 5% of Republicans would agree with Richard Dawkins irrefutable statement above. Really stunning. On the other hand, if you have a postgraduate degree, are not a Republican (independents and Democrats are split evenly apart from GOPers on this), and rarely, if ever, attend church it is quite the opposite and it very likely you agree with the preponderance of evidence and the vast majority of scientists that humans evolved over millions of years.
Gallup’s assumption is that “Most Americans are not scientists, of course, and cannot be expected to understand all of the latest evidence and competing viewpoints on the development of the human species. Still, it would be hard to dispute that most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years, and that relatively few scientists believe that humans began in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. Thus, almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.”
I would challenge this, there has to be something else going on to explain this – it cannot be ignorance to this extent/degree. The question is what?