"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
This is reposted from my response to a similar thread in the science section, but it applies here:
I think there are several reasons for people not to accept evolution (which is regarded as a fundamental law in biology).
1. It is incompatible Christianity and Islam. Both religions depend upon the literal creation of a sinless Adam and Eve, and the fall of man. There are liberal Christians that take a very metaphorical view of scripture, but they are in the minority among committed Christians.
2. Ignorance. A lot of people are simply ignorant of the science behind evolution. (Right Wing Talk Radio Caller: "If we came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Riddle me that one scientists.")
3. Some people simply do not like the idea of having evolved from earlier species. They like to think of humanity and thus themselves as the pinnacle of creation. The idea of just being another great ape really bothers them. (think how freaked out they would be to know that chimpanzees are technically more evolved than we are in terms of their genetic adaptions since diverging from our common ancestor)
Of course, we are in fact one of the great apes, and our genome tells us that we should not even being classified in a separate genus than Chimpanzees and Bonobos.
Our true genus has three species:
Homo Troglodytes (Chimps)
Homo Paniscus (Bonobos)
Of our DNA that we actually unitize, it is 99.4% the same as the DNA of Chimps and Bonobos. That just seems to bother some people at a lot, and of those people that it really bothers, they are more likely to be Republican.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Its amazing really when you think America has been the leaders in science for decades now, put computers in our homes, helped invent the internet and put a man on the moon. It's easy to how diverse a country America really is in terms of the population.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
1/3rd of Americans are just plain stupid.
Science is there, the facts are there, but so are the stupid religionists who reject data and want to live in a sheltered, ignorant dream world.
Ich habe schon Pferde vor der Apotheke kotzen sehen.
1/3 of Americans probably didn't descend from amoebic slime.
Who chimes "No Absolutes!" chimes absolutely.
He who knows the least obeys the best.