Darwinian reflection

By Razib Khan | February 12, 2007 12:38 pm

When I was in 7th grade a school psychologist tested & interviewed me for the gifted program. During the knowledge section he asked me to describe Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. I am pretty sure that my response was rather garbled, I don’t personally think I really understood evolution until late in 2003, nevertheless, after repeating the standard mantra of change over time generated by the process of survival of the fittest the psychologist paused and smiled at me. He stated that “That’s the first time ever that any student has responded to that question in a coherent manner.” I was aghast and confused. Granted, this was western Pennsylvania deep in Amish country, but at this point I didn’t even know that Creationists existed!

  • Amit

    Brown people live in Amish country?

  • http://studgen.blogspot.com/ Ingo

    Amish country – a lot of people, who are able to think in the basic terms of biology, I think.
    (Peasant christianity is often very different from christianity in the cities.)

  • http://www.scienceblogs.com/gnxp razib

    Brown people live in Amish country?
    the non-amish fund universities in amish areas. so yes.
    also, just to be clear, the “dutchies” didn’t go to mainstream schools into middle school (grate 7), so this psychologist would never have interviewed any of them.

  • Robert P.

    I was asked to define a puddle.


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com


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