22 Jun '11, 7pm

Why Don't Miss America Contestants Believe in Evolution? (Video)

Why Don't Miss America Contestants Believe in Evolution? (Video)

Okay, so nobody is looking to Miss America contestants for intellectual guidance -- or to take a representative survey of general attitudes toward science in the nation, for that matter. But this YouTube clip of the contestants' answers to the question 'Do you think evolution should be taught in school?' has stirred up serious interest around the intertubes today, mostly because a majority of them didn't believe in evolution, and many said 'No.' So what can we learn from these answers? Perhaps a bit about the nature of the ideological underpinnings across the United States' geography -- and how powerfully that ideological bias informs perspectives on the validity of science. Predictably, the women who argue that evolution should be kept out of school are more likely to hail from red states. Not exactly a stunning revelation, but there 'tis. Contestants from deeper blue sta...

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