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Why Doesn't America Believe in Evolution?

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There is still hope for evolution in the United States, but it is fading, writes Jeff Hecht in this feature from the New Scientist. Recent surveys indicate that less Americans believe in the theory today than did 20 years ago, and the number of fundamentalist Christians who oppose its inclusion in the education curriculum are growing. For proponents of evolution, these are troubled times. Hecht looks at how separation of church and state, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion—the bedrock of American history—are influencing this debate.

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It seems to me that with so much of the information that people get from the media and other sources, that serious though, questioning, and ideas are dismissed by the average person. Evolution is not something that can be distilled into a simple phrase and the scientific evidence that supports it can be complicated. Maybe the loss of support for the theory of evolution has more to do with the dumbing down of American, the dwindling percentages of students in our universities compared to the 50s and 60s and the polarizing of thought from evangelicals then it does with the valility of evolution.

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