NY Times Cites Gregory Paul on US Belief in Evolution

In a recent NY Times article, columnist Charles Blow cites ESJRR writer Gregory Paul on evolution:

"But some people see our extreme religiosity itself as a form of dysfunction.  In a 2009 paper in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, Gregory Paul, an independent researcher, put it this way: 'The level of relative and absolute societal pathology in the United States is often so severe that it is repeatedly an outlier that strongly reinforces the correlation between high levels of poor societal conditions and popular religiosity.'"

Blow used the quote to emphasize the disjuncture between Republicans and Democrats who believe in evolution, and how this has changed over the last few years:

"In 2009, the gap between the share of Republicans and Democrats who believed in evolution was just 10 percentage points, 54 percent and 64 percent, respectively. Last year, that gap widened to a whopping 24 points because as the percentage of Democrats who believed in evolution inched up to 67 percent, the percentage of Republicans believing so plummeted to 43 percent. Now, more Republicans believe that 'humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” than believe in evolution.'"


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