Darwinism and popular culture: “Brain glitches, not evidence, cause people to think there is design in life!”

Here’s a classic in advocacy posing as research: “Humans may be primed to believe in creation”
(Ewen Callaway, New Scientist, 02 March 2009):

Religion might not be the only reason people buy into creationism and intelligent design, psychological experiments suggest.
No matter what their religious beliefs, college-educated adults frequently agree with purpose-seeking yet false explanations of natural phenomena – finches diversified in order to survive, for instance.

“The very fact of belief in purpose itself might lead you to favour intelligent design,” says Deborah Kelemen, a psychologist at Boston University, who led the study

And her point is what, exactly? That belief in purpose is irrational? Why so?

It is a shame that such studies are funded, but I would imagine that funding will increase, not decrease, as materialism takes a nose dive, and profs attempt to protect their tenure.

Also just up at the Post-Darwinist:

Ida? I dunno. I wish I had bet a whack on the pop science press dumping all over that fossil

Theistic evolution: New site challenges tenured Christian profs’ homage to atheism

Human evolution: Neanderthals as snacks?

Podcasts in the intelligent design controversy

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