This is a quickie - how old we you when you were first TAUGHT about evolution.
In the UK, it was in advanced biology - an optional class for school leavers and I was about 17 at the time - in 1980. (Oh god, I'm old!)
I didn't understand it: accepted it, yes, but didn't understand it.
Anyone who knows me well might find this surprising, because I didn't bother looking at evolution proper until a couple of decades back - while researching something completely different.
These days, evolution is taught in secondary schools (at least, it should be) which puts it in the age 11-16 or 11-18 depending on when the child started.
Dawkins thinks - and I heartily agree - we should introduce this cornerstone of Biology in primary science - so I wonder, how many people hear came to understand Darwin later in life?
It is faith, but the problem is the word has been hijacked just like "theory" has.
I have faith in science, for example, that's not religion, it's faith in things that are rational; even if I can't see or prove them myself.
If my verbage is accurate, I suspect that faith is becoming something of "weasel word". Here's the wikipedia article which might clear that up (and then again, it might not.)
Wasn't aware that I had, Diana. Sorry if I gave that impression.
Like most atheists here, you'll find that I'm a thinker. Faith in science is still belief but belief with evidence to back it up.
From my Mac's dictionary:
- a system of religious belief: the Christian faith.
- a strongly held belief or theory: the faith that life will expand until it fills the universe.
Note that the first sense is secular, but this really is a weasel word. I wonder if anyone else could suggest something more suitable? Trust, perhaps?
Wait a minute, why do I feel envy for your ability to feel an emotional reaction and then ask why you feel that way?
Can it be because I was born male, males are supposed to be logical, and logical discourses lack something?
Thanks for saying it so clearly.
Therefore I am,"
Said the philosopher.
Bunk! He didn't feel; he only
(Using the cinquain form devised by American poet Adelaide Crapsey: five lines; 2, 4, 6, 8, qnd 2 syllables.)
Really, Fantasia and visits to the planetarium inoculated me against fundamentalist nonsense at an early age. I never saw the need for the universe to have a King/Daddy/Traffic Cop making sure everything ran smoothly.