In his LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN NATION, Sam Harris writes:
“According to a recent Gallup poll, only 12 percent of Americans believe that life on earth has evolved through a natural process, without the interference of a deity. Thirty-one percent believe that evolution has been “guided by God.” If our worldview were put to a vote, notions of “intelligent design” would defeat the science of biology by nearly three to one. This is troubling, as nature offers no compelling evidence for an intelligent designer and countless examples of unintelligent design. But the current controversy over “intelligent design” should not blind us to the true scope of our religious bewilderment at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The same Gallup poll revealed that 53 percent of Americans are actually creationists. This means that despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of life and the greater antiquity of the earth, more than half of our neighbors believe that the entire cosmos was created six thousand years ago.” - (end quote)
We have called ourselves Homo sapiens, but sapiens comes from the Latin for wise and intelligent. Given the number of Americans who prefer faith and mythology to science and knowledge, isn’t it time we recognized a human subspecies? The two types can interbreed of course, and the offspring can go either way.
Given that both types are contributing to the destruction of their own environment, maybe sapiens should be dropped altogether. Any suggestions for new names for two subspecies of modern humans based on the type Harris describes above, and those of us who, while destroying the planet for future generations, rely on knowledge and observation rather than faith and superstition?
Tipping the scales in favor of the atheists, scientists, etc. (survival of the fittest) is the fact that knowing we are destroying the planet carries the seeds of redemption, whereas the arrogance of believers, not knowing they are destroying the planet, is a surefire road to extinction.
1. a) Homo rationalis - (atheists, 95 percent of scientists, relilgious people who know that evolution, geology, archeology as explained by science is true).
b) Homo gullibilis (those who are easily duped or cheated - for example, believing those who tell them that they can cheat death, or that science is wrong and mythology is true).
2. other ideas?