I'm reading "The Worm at the Core," about "Terror Management Theory," and the concept is that humans do just about all they can to avoid recognizing that we are as mortal as any other being. Maybe, I'm thinking, that is a big part of science denial, because science tells us that we are just another species of mortal mammal.
I think as many get older they lose some of their reasoning power. They want to assuage the fear they have of dying and open themselves up to all kinds of theories mostly promoted by some religion. The conservative (and liberal) conspiratorial kinds see an audience and exploit it. Money is the common cause. It escapes me how something that is visible in everything around us can be denied. The direction our species is headed is perhaps natures way of getting rid of the invasive and toxic species we have become.
Part of the problem, as I see it, is the proliferation of blind, abject stupidity preached by Rush Limbaugh. My father used to be open to all kinds of possible answers to some of life's mysteries, but since becoming a rabid Rusher, he now maligns any number of things scientific and otherwise. I have a copy of "Origin of the Species" in my library, and I put it away before he visits just to save myself the fervored lecture and keep his BP down.
Starting with Ronald Reagan's comment, "Facts are just annoyances," and seeing the ridiculous encouragement of stubborn intentional idiocy by Trump, we have been shown yet another (besides vulgar racism) side of the underbelly of the American culture!
What has evolution proved? All I am aware of is that it posits that life changes/evolves. It hasn’t shown how life began that I am aware of. Then there is the materialistic problem of explaining the hard problem in consciousness as well. I don’t think evolution should be undersold but neither do I think that it should be.oversold either as to what it has or hasn’t proven as a theory of life.