Quote from Alcuin on June 12, 2019, 17:25
..Such views are less unusual among UK students than you might think. In a survey last month, more than 12% questioned preferred creationism - the idea God created us within the past 10,000 years - to any other explanation of how we got here. Another 19% favoured the theory of intelligent design - that some features of living things are due to a supernatural being such as God. This means more than 30% believe our origins have more to do with God than with Darwin - evolution theory rang true for only 56%...
And 40% of USAmericans think having a dim-witted egotist as President and leader of the free world makes sense.
As the saying goes - you can cure ignorance with information, but there's no cure for stupid.
There are two problems with how the universe was created and how we were created (evolution).
The first is that people's minds don't readily accept the possibility that the universe was created from nothing and was acausal, even though, logically, this is a perfectly reasonable and sound explanation.
The second is that humans find it relatively easy to comprehend what can naturally be achieved in time-spans of the order of years, tens of years, hundreds of years or, at a push, thousands of years. When it comes to millions or even billions of years, that's more of a challenge. Also, because evolution only happens slowly in most organisms, humans do not observe 'evolution in action' and therefore are able to easily dismiss it.
Also, evolution, just like randomness, isn't that clearly understood by many and here's a good example. When people hear the phrase being used: 'Once in a 100 year flood event', they are shocked when they get flooded. Why? Because it's often interpreted as a flood that won't happen for the next 100 years. Therefore they assume that they are safe from flooding in their lifetime. Also, a 'One in a million chance' is often interpreted as 'it won't ever happen'. People also see evolution in terms of a 'planned migration' from an origin to an end point rather than as the result of a process which involves randomness and the survival of the 'fittest'.
Ignorance in christards is understandable, but it's so sad that in this day and age, there's so much ignorance in Universities.