I find it staggering that in the face of overwhelming evidence for evolution that it is rejected by 48% of Americans. There is just so much evidence to support evolution, yet 52% of Americans reject it, even so there is no evidence hard for Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design proponents demand fossil evidence, and even when it does come up (dinosaurs and birds, fish and land animals, homo erectus and modern humans), reject it out of hand.
As a psychologist, I am always fascinated by people’s ability to only see evidence that supports their original position and vehemently reject evidence to the contrary. It’s a well known phenomenon called confirmation bias – but what amazes me is how easy it is for people to do it. There are probably millions of published scientific articles on evolution that demonstrate that it is not actually a theory. Evolution is a fact, not a theory. By perpetuating the view that it is a theory, it’s easy for people to reject it as just a theory and that another ‘theory’ is equally valid. I’d like to see a million scientific published articles proving Intelligent Design. Scientific American has a great article on the myths of intelligent design and creationism.
What’s even more disturbing about Intelligent Design is that it has a place in some school curricula. It is not a surprise that there is a decline in critical reasoning when children accept principles and ideas based on faith and belief, rather than reason.