Evolution in America



Evolution is the most powerful organizing theory in all of biology. The details of the mechanisms by which evolution works continue to be investigated demonstrating again and again, the scientific robustness of evolution.  Nevertheless, various polls have reported that roughly half of Americans do not think that evolution accounts for the existence of human beings.  In this class we will examine the details of the science of evolution and then go on to explore why it appears to be so problematic for so many. Why is evolution attacked by people from a variety of political inclinations?  And finally, what are the consequences of the ignorance about evolution.