In my good ol’ US of A, there’s a pretty sizable chunk of the population that does not believe in a fundamental concept in science, one that borders as close to fact as science can get.
Yep. Americans are pretty wary of evolution (four in ten, according to a Gallup poll last year).
Now, I’ll admit it. Normally, I’m apt to write those people off as
crazy ignorant having a different world view than mine. Sure, I find it an unfortunate fact, and I worry about the education our kids are getting… but I wouldn’t say it’s something I worry about too much, aside from the occasional hand-wringing about just how unfortunate it is.
I never really thought about how this number hits close to home. How it interacts with, well, diversity in science.
Indeed, this article postulates that beliefs about evolution, those I was simply hand-wringing over, actually do have an impact on minority students entering into evolutionary biology.
Interesting! Do you agree? Disagree? How does the study do assessing this hypothesis? Is this something we need to be addressing more directly in the sciences if we want to increase diversity? Have we (or maybe just me?) been overlooking the glaring challenge to diversifying science: strongly held beliefs that seem in conflict with scientific discourse??
Let’s talk about it – not just the study itself, but the deeper implications for science more generally! Monday, March 9th at 2pm EST under #DiversityJC!
Hope to see you there!