Somewhere, something went terribly wrong ... Is evolution itself behind the modern Science v Creationism debate? Source: Supplied
IS evolution itself driving America's growing rejection of modern biology? New studies suggest this very thing.
Today's revelation that one-third of the US population rejects the idea of evolution and instead believes we were created through intelligent intervention is nothing new.
The fact that only a third of us accept that "natural processes such as natural selection" are behind our existence has had science thinking for some time.
Creationism is growing into a powerful political force. But the strength of their arguments and the forcefulness of their campaign does not entirely explain its growing success.
The debate has heated up in recent years as and a so-called "culture war" is being waged across a deepening partisan divide.
So why does the concept of evolution cause so much upset in an era overwhelmed with science - be it in medicine, transport, communication and calculation?
"Natural selection is like quantum physics ... we might intellectually grasp it, with considerable effort, but it will never feel right to us," writes the Yale psychologist Paul Bloom.
It's about the nature of our brain. It's an amazing device at finding new and successful ways to adapting to an ever-changing world - with the minimum of effort.