Does Understanding Evolutionary Theory Lead to Accepting It?

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 210 (Hynes Convention Center)
Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Why do Americans overwhelmingly fail to accept the theory of evolution? Although it is tempting to think that this resistance is explained solely by religious fundamentalism, this issue is considerably more complex. We find a relationship between people’s acceptance of evolutionary theory and their understanding of it, suggesting that combatting ignorance about evolutionary theory may be an effective strategy for increasing acceptance.