Can evolutionists exempt themselves from the uneducated masses who cling to supernatural beliefs?
Most educated Americans and Europeans would look with pity on those who appeal to witchcraft to explain disease or misfortune. To varying degrees, evolutionists would include Christians, Jews and other religious people as sadly misinformed about the ability of naturalism to account for all phenomena of the biological world including human nature. Evolutionists commonly study their fellow humans for how natural selection shaped their responses to social stimuli, confident of the ability of Darwinian selection to explain human psychology. A recent example can be found in a University of Texas press release that announced, “People Merge Supernatural and Scientific Beliefs When Reasoning With the Unknown, Study Shows.” In the study, UT psychologist Christine Legare and her team sought to identify predictable and universal ways that people handle “supernatural” and “scientific” explanations for things:
Legare and her colleagues reviewed more than 30 studies on how people (ages 5–75) from various countries reason with three major existential questions: the origin of life, illness and death. They also conducted a study with 366 respondents in South Africa, where biomedical and traditional healing practices are both widely available.
Unexpectedly, respondents’ supernatural beliefs did not decrease with age or education. Instead, they tended to accommodate the supernatural and scientific explanations with either-or or both-and concoctions: e.g., either witchcraft or a virus caused a person to get AIDS, or both were involved.
The team concluded that belief in the supernatural is a universal human trait that children never fully grow out of:
Legare said the findings contradict the common assumption that supernatural beliefs dissipate with age and knowledge….
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