Evolution on the Right


The New Republic polled leading conservatives about how they "feel about evolution and intelligent design?" I am pleased to note that evolution wins by a landslide! My simplified reading of the results is below:

Pro-evolution: David Frum, Jonah Goldberg, Charles Krauthammer, William Buckley, James Taranto, John Tierney, Richard Brookhiser, Ramesh Ponnuru, and David Brooks basically accept that it is a genuine scientific explanation for how the diversity of life arose on earth.

Skeptical: William Kristol, Stephen Moore, and Tucker Carlson express some skepticism about the details of evolutionary theory.

Anti-evolution: Grover Norquist and Pat Buchanan are pretty sure that it's wrong and pernicious.

Norman Podhoretz abstained.

Check out the TNR article "Evolutionary War" for their views on whether or not evolution should be taught in the biology classes of government schools. (Annoying registration required.)

For my take on why certain conservative intellectuals are so furiously attacking neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory check out my article "Origin of the Specious."