It seems that if you plot the belief in evolution versus national wealth, the United States of America is an outlier – by a long shot.  The graph shows the % of adults that answered “true” to the statement, “Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals.” (Jon Miller et al, Science, Aug 2006).  Data for GDP per capita was adjusted for power parity and was taken from the CIA World Factbook.

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belief in evolution vs gdp 600


So that begs the question –  w h y   is America the outlier? 

because america thats why



  • Mark_42

    Never underestimate the power or prevalence of human stupidity. The 97% of scientists who believes that global warming is anthropogenic comes from an old study, the new figure is now over 99.99%, nevertheless we still have climate change deniers. One quarter of us still believe that is sun revolves around the earth. We are a nation of idiots.

  • Jim Fox

    Yes, indeed–
    “It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.” Bertrand Russell

    But the ‘idiots’ are in the minority and decreasing FAST….

  • Bearvarine

    In the long run, belief in actual reality probably confers more biological fitness. You can only last so long believing in hocus pocus when the sheet hits the fan.