Big blog war started by Robert Pennock's speech at UCSD
The average 18 year old, even ones who have gone through advanced biology in high school, know virtually nothing about evolution. There is no active choice going on with these students. In most cases, there is little more than a vague notion that evolution means no god and therefore must be wrong. That is the primary reason why most people reject evolution, it has nothing at all to do with weighing two sides on the basis of the evidence and choosing one. (emphasis added)
PZ Myers wrote,
Please note: Moran did not say that all Baptists should be flunked or refused admission. This was not a comment about religion, directly. It was a statement that the ignorant "40% of the freshman class [who] reject Darwinism" did not deserve admission. I suspect, though, that even Ed Brayton realized that the reason these 40% oppose basic evolutionary biology was almost certainly and entirely due to their religious upbringing, and that a policy like that would be a de facto barrier to practitioners of certain extremist religious sects.(emphasis added)
I think that both Ed Brayton and PZ Myers have a hard time conceiving that rejection and skepticism of Darwinism could be based on reason rather than faith.
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