The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
My pick for who won the week this week is Evolution. In a recently published study by the University of Michigan, the level of public acceptance of evolution in the United States is now solidly above the halfway mark. The study￼ was based on a series of national public opinion surveys conducted over the last 35 years.
The study determined that 54% of Americans now agree with the statement that, “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.” Just a decade ago, only 40% believed in evolution.
Examining data over 35 years, the study consistently identified aspects of education — civic science literacy, taking college courses in science, and having a college degree — as the strongest factors leading to the acceptance of evolution. “It’s hard to earn a college degree without acquiring at least a little respect for science,” one of the study’s co-authors noted.
The Michigan study consistently identified religious fundamentalism as the strongest factor leading to the rejection of evolution. and predicted that religious fundamentalism would continue to impede the public acceptance of evolution. Further, like almost everything else in America. As of 2019, 34% of conservative Republicans accepted evolution compared to 83% of liberal Democrats.
So congratulations evolution. It seems that the thinking of at least a small majority of Americans is beginning to evolve. At least with respect to evolution.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?