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“Gut feelings” matter more than fact, in getting students to accept evolution, study finds


“When it comes to accepting evolution, gut feelings trump facts” (Physorg, January 19, 2012), Maureen Langlois advises,

For students to accept the theory of evolution, an intuitive “gut feeling” may be just as important as understanding the facts, according to a new study.

In a study,

“What we found is that intuitive cognition has a significant impact on what people end up accepting, no matter how much they know,” said Haury. The results show that even students with greater knowledge of evolutionary facts weren’t likelier to accept the theory, unless they also had a strong “gut” feeling about those facts.

When trying to explain the patterns of whether people believe in evolution or not, “the results show that if we consider both feeling and knowledge level, we can explain much more than with knowledge level alone,” said Minsu Ha, lead author on the paper and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Teaching and Learning.

Okay, so, science isn’t helping Darwin. We’ve been saying that for years.

What Darwin’s lobby needs is massive infusions of cash from billionaires to pay writers to implant implicit Darwinism/evolutionary psychology messages in whatever TV, music or other entertainment products students are already consuming. They will wake up Darwinists without knowing it and hardly have a thought that is not Darwin. Of course, it doesn’t always work

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Even Darwin's own brother Erasmus admitted the facts were irrelevant and take a back seat to darwinism. In fact the a priori reasoning is so entirely satisfactory to me that if the facts won’t fit in, why so much the worse for the facts is my feeling. Letter to Charles November 23, 1859 Blue_Savannah
Evolution has never made its case on the evidence but on the trust in the authority of researchers on the subject. Facts of evolution will never persuade as they are not facts but data interpretated as fact. The average smart person smells out when a case does not have the quantity and quality of evidence to make claims that are great. My gut says if evolution is untrue then it couldn't possibly have much or any evidence behind it!! A line of reasoning. What is presented is not evidence but something else. Robert Byers

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