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Brief moments in evolution conversations

Dec 01 2011 Published by under [Science in Society]

While discussing the merits and flaws of chimpanzee symbol acquisition studies and whether different evolutionary trajectories have made it biologically easier for bonobos to pick up language skills more readily than the common chimpanzee, one of my students stopped mid-sentence, looked up, and asked

"Are there really people who don't think evolution is relevant?  Because I had my first conversation the other day with a creationist and I was so dumbstruck I didn't know what to say."

Everybody else in the class agreed they hadn't encountered but maybe one or two people younger than their parents' generation who thought creationism was true.

I smiled a little inside.

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