Poll Crashing Parade: Darwin's legacy

In dubious honour of Darwin's birthday, Parade Magazine wrote a dreadful article with an equally ridiculous poll.

Obviously, that poll is just screaming to be crashed so go vote. Feel free to clear (or eat) your cookies and vote again.

The article irked me because it seemed to suggest that only “scientists and secularists” accept evolution while everyone else rejects it.

The poll itself is problematic because it seems to assume evolutionary theory begins and ends with Darwin, that evolution is something that happened in the past rather than something that is ongoing, and finally that the only nonscientific alternatives are related to God. If the superstitions of a bunch of bronze-age goat herders can be a valid response to a question of modern science, why not other superstitions too? At least Raelianism is modern.

Can we please do something about this nonsense? Poll crashing isn’t enough. I wrote them a letter. Can we use the community here at AN to keep watch on publications like this and flood them with letters when they write so irresponsibly?

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Comment by Tao Jones on February 11, 2009 at 8:01pm
Comment by Tao Jones on February 11, 2009 at 7:04pm
Post your letters you two, I'd love to read them.
Comment by marie on February 11, 2009 at 6:45pm
Ugh, I hate that this is even a question at all. Thanks for posting this poll; I'm composing my letter as we speak.
Comment by Tao Jones on February 11, 2009 at 4:47pm
Felch, sometimes tactics are more for us than they are for them. If you don't want to vote at all, don't. Are you sending them a letter though?
Comment by Adam Johnson on February 11, 2009 at 2:23pm
Thank you for voting!
Yes. Humans evolved without divine intervention 90% (2035 votes)
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No. God created humans as they are 5% (104 votes)
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Yes and no. Evolution required divine intervention 5% (106 votes)
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I don't know. 1% (21 votes)
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Total Votes: 2266
Comment by Leslee Love on February 11, 2009 at 8:46am
Good thing we voted..and yea, it was very dreadful...and predictable.



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