48% of Americans are either ignorant, stupid, or insane

Newsweek just published a survey about Americans and faith. Among their results were the following:

  • 48% of Americans do not believe that “evolution [is] well-supported by evidence and widely accepted within the scientific community”.
  • 34% of college graduates accept the Biblical story of creation as fact.

Richard Dawkins once said: “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”.

A typically controversial statement from Dawkins. I think that most people who deny evolution are indeed ignorant, but there are other important motivations too.

  • kavinat0r

    i agree with Richard Dawkins that these people are ignorant but saying their stupid or insane might be going a bit far, people can believe whatever they want even if they are wrong

  • dawkinsmakessense

    I don't understand why people feel compelled to be 'gracious' in the face of flat out ignorance. Somehow we need to be 'understanding' of ignorance and stupidity, even though people afflicted by these conditions actually have an impact on our daily lives (Bush, two terms?).

    So no, it's not a good idea to tolerate people's ignorance just for the sake of being fair. This is one reason why atheists are so disorganized. They care about details and understanding things, which makes it more difficult to unite behind one dumbed down motto (like drill, baby, drill…)

  • dawkinsmakessense

    I don't understand why people feel compelled to be 'gracious' in the face of flat out ignorance. Somehow we need to be 'understanding' of ignorance and stupidity, even though people afflicted by these conditions actually have an impact on our daily lives (Bush, two terms?).

    So no, it's not a good idea to tolerate people's ignorance just for the sake of being fair. This is one reason why atheists are so disorganized. They care about details and understanding things, which makes it more difficult to unite behind one dumbed down motto (like drill, baby, drill…)