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September 19th, 2011
05:31 AM ET

Talk Back: Why is evolution such a touchy subject?

 

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Charles Darwin's theory of evolution was published in 1859, but the topic is as controversial today as it was then. Although the vast majority of scientists accept evolution as a fact, 41% of Americans think evolution is false, or likely to be false, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll.

As a result, American book publishers have shied away from the topic. According to Daniel Luxton, author of children"s book, "Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be," no American publisher would print his book, fearing that the controversial topic would be a tough sell. However, the book is a hit in Canada, where it has been nominated for several literary prizes.

Courts have squashed efforts to have alternative theories - such as "intelligent design" - taught in schools, ruling that it has more to do with religion than science. Nevertheless, the subject remains a political hot topic.

Talk Back: Why is evolution such a touchy subject?

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