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Tim Colgan

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Why don't people believe the fact of evolution?

Biological evolution, the principle that species change over time due to the combination of random mutations and natural selection is a well accepted scientific fact (about a clear a fact as any).

Why do so many people insist on denying it? Why do people feel such a need to protect an archaic world view that they deny science?

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    Apr 17 2011: this is a topic i feel quite strongly about. I think there are a number of contributing factors to the billions of people in the world today still choosing to seek religion as an answer instead of entrusting science to provide the answers.

    firstly, people are unfortunatly born into religions families and the belief system is entrenched into the minds of the children. admittidly, sometimes human nature takes over and they seek answers instead of ignoring facts. i think its one of the most tragic occurances in the world today.

    secondly, for clear reasons, people are scared. the idea of nothingness and no point or purpose to life is haunting. even I who has accepted my own mortality and enjoy looking at life as a wonder of sheer amazment and chance, finds it hard to think of the inevitable. we are animals. like the pets we keep and the food we eat. do people think chickens go to heaven? we have meat on our bones just like they do. apologies for the example, but creationists still have it in their mindset that we are superior to all the other animals and have a greater purpose. the fact is, we are just the first creatues on this planet that have been able to recognise and question our own existance.

    other examples i feel are defiant ignorance and im sorry to say, stupidity.

    as prof. Dawkins explains, why is it that if we talk of fairies at the bottom of the garden, it is out job to prove it. but religion and faith is exepmt from those rules. why? it is sheek nonsense and on behalf of religions worldwide, im embarrsed for them. I am sorry if i offend anybody or sound condesending but, i honestly do.
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      Apr 18 2011: Davie: I think your point about children is an important one. They need to be presented the theory before they have hard-coded in their minds the mythology.

      I don't think I've known any adult who believed in creationism and later switched to believing in evolution. Do you?
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        Apr 19 2011: I agree that as a child there is certainly a degree of entrenchment however, education should allow an individual to transcend this and define their beliefs based on what they believe is rational and applicable to them.

        Regarding our existence, evolution vs creation doesn't have to be so extreme. Religious professionals propose the theory of "Emanationism" which allows creation and evolution to co-exist. It is the idea that all things physical emanated from a divine source.

        As for me, I haven't yet been able to fully accept either theory. I'm trying to learn more before I make up my mind
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          Apr 27 2011: Scott:

          Although I don't agree with "emanationism", my main contention is that science has offered sufficient evidence that "biological evolution, the principle that species change over time due to the combination of random mutations and natural selection" is a fact. Moreover, the only reason that I can see for people refusing to accept that fact is a desire to maintain a belief system which is at odds with science
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          May 5 2011: Hi Tim
          Looking back I had a period of 15-20yrs where I understood the theory, but didn't accept it as fact; and learning anything about Christianity.
          I fully understand where the ID guys are coming from, especially the scientists. They know that this theory just doesn't hold water, regardless of any belief system & their chosen profession is being harmed by association.
          :-)
      • May 5 2011: The point about children is very well made and something I defend for quite some time. In this particular subject I think any religions shouldn't be allowed to be taught at so young age up until 16 or 18 years old in each teenagers can really learn and decide for themselves without pre-concepts.
        A good example of this is Santa Claus, sure people stop believing in it with age but that is only because the parents and community decide it's time for them to learn the truth. If the majority of the community I live in believed in Santa Claus and never told be otherwise I would hardly stop believe in him.

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