For some time now, evolutionary scientists tried to equate the belief in evolution to one’s level of education and knowledge. They believed that the more you learned and the higher level of college degree you obtained the more likely you were to accept the theory of evolution. Those with less education also tended to have stronger religious beliefs and had more of a tendency to reject the theory of evolution.
David Haury, associate professor of education at Ohio State University explained it this way:
The whole idea behind acceptance of evolution has been the assumption that if people understood it, if they really knew it, they would see the logic and accept it.
He went on to explain that various studies on the subject have been inconsistent, making a more precise determination harder to come by. Some research done on the human brain indicated that the acceptance of an idea is not based solely on the merit of the idea but there seemed to be some form of intuitiveness involved.
Haury and his team set out to try to conduct a study that would give them a better idea as to how much intuition plays in the acceptance of the theory of evolution. They turned to Korea for their study.
Pre-service biology teachers in Korea all go through the same courses at the same time in their studies. The teacher preparation program there is very standardized. Haury realized that studying these pre-service teaching students in Korea helped to eliminate many of the extraneous factors that may have influenced other study groups.
Additionally, approximately half of all Koreans do not associate themselves with any particular religious belief system, whereas only sixteen percent of Americans make the same claim. The researchers felt that the 50/50 figure in Korea would be reflected in their research target group.
They used 124 pre-service biology teacher students from various stages in their education to work with. First the subjects were given a series of questions to determine their knowledge of evolution. Next they gave them questions on evolutionary science and evolutionary processes such as natural selection and how they work. Lastly they gave them a question asking them to write down how sure they were about the correctness of their responses. This last question was meant to determine the extent of the ‘gut feeling’ on their responses.
When they analyzed the responses along with the ‘gut feeling’ responses, Haury reported that intuition played an important role whether or not the students accepted the theory of evolution and the science behind it, regardless of their religious beliefs. Surprisingly, they found that some of the students that had a greater knowledge of evolutionary ‘facts’ did not always accept the theory of evolution unless their gut feeling led them to. There were some of the subjects that tested high in evolutionary knowledge but rejected the theory of evolution because their gut feeling on the subject was not that strong, causing them to doubt.
Unfortunately, Haury and his team say that they can use this information to try to develop methods to overcome the gut feelings of those that doubt evolution in order to brainwash them into believing the theory. Haury stated:
Educationally, we think that’s a place to start. It’s a concrete way to show them, ‘Look, you can be fooled and make a bad decision, because you just can’t deny your gut.’
I found the results from Korea rather interesting when they reported that there were students that had a high level of knowledge on evolution and evolutionary processes that still rejected the theory. Perhaps the reason some of these subjects rejected the theory of evolution was because they saw the fallacies in the science behind it. They see that the theory defies all of the known laws of biology, chemistry, physics and information. It is this realization of real science proving evolution can’t possibly work that the researchers are defining as the ‘gut feeling’.
Regardless, Christians need to be made aware of these new efforts that will be launched from the researchers at Ohio State University and others to follow, that will try to overcome people’s objections to accepting the religion of evolution. Evolutionists and educators will now do their best to brainwash students in high schools and colleges to overcome their gut feelings. Stronger efforts will be made to get our young people to turn away from the biblical foundations and turn themselves over to the dark side – evolution.
Belief in Evolution Boils Down to a Gut Feeling, Live Science, Jan. 20, 2012.
Indoctrination: To instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., esp. to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
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