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.

3 responses so far

  • OgreMkV says:

    That's really good, but I don't know if the sample size is really valid. Do they live in the central US or SE US?

    I taught science classes in that area and in my experience it was more like 3 out of 4 students were creationists. Of course they really didn't know any better and had the weakest of arguments.

    Then again, I got 'a talking to' from my principle and had to explain to her that evolution was actually in the state mandated standards.

    I left that school shortly afterwards.

  • Ethan Rop says:

    Sample size is irrelevant, it is purely meant as anecdotal. I was just happy to hear that creationists had been a non-factor in their lives.

  • Pascale says:

    That conversation would have gone differently in Oklahoma.