I'm not excusing anybody's lack of effort to educate themselves. However, I recently watched some documentaries on human evolutionary history and I was aggravated, as I always am, by the issue of "language." Basically, how the misunderstanding of evolution, among creationists, seems to be linked to the poor ability of scientists to describe things, or the limitations of language. In the debates on evolution, the "creation" side typically shows a misunderstanding of the most basic concepts of either evolution or the scientific method, but I am convinced that part of the problem lies in the way scientists and teachers describe evolution. Things like: “we descended from apes” or “the apes had to change to adapt to the changing environment in Africa” or “these moths changed from brown to gray to blend in with the environment and avoid predators.” All of those statements are “sort of true-ish” but give an impression of something completely wrong. In turn, the religious community usually argues against what they perceive as the silly claims of science, based on these poor word choices. “If we descended from apes, why are their still apes” and “how can a moth choose to change its color” and “why don’t we just adapt immunity to cancer or UV radiation” or something like that. Obviously, there is some feigned ignorance, especially on the internet. But has anybody else noticed the scientific community’s poor word choices and how they mirror the misunderstanding of evolution? Technically, the title should say "creationists" but I've never heard an anti-evolution debate from any who aren't christians. No doubt, muslims have the same issues, but you aren't allowed to discuss it in their countries and they don't have much influence in mine.