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Chris Hemsworth: Sexiest Man Alive – Evolved!

Chris HemsworthPeople magazine has announced it’s sexiest man alive for 2014, and it’s Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor. There’s no doubt the bloke is gorgeous. I’m assuming this photo is retouched, but I’m sure I’d still enjoy the view in real life. Now, this double-standard I’m displaying here of objectifying this man is pretty appalling, but that’s not actually why I’m writing about Chris Hemsworth.

No, what inspired me was the clip I saw of the announcement on Jimmy Kimmel Live. When he was asked the usual question at the end here is how it went:

Kimmel: Is there anyone you’d like to thank for this honour?
HemsworthMy parents, I guess, for putting this [pointing to himself] together.

Most of you are probably saying, “so what?”. Well,  by acknowledging his parents, Hemsworth, an Australian, was crediting a combination of genes and a healthy upbringing. He was not, as many would have done, giving any credit to an imaginary magic man in the sky.

We are a product of millions of years of evolution. Evolutionary Theory is scientific fact. According to Wikipedia, 42% of Australians accept Evolutionary Theory, 32% think evolution was guided by God. Almost a quarter think humans were created by God in their present form. Those results are about the same as New Zealand, but the Americans are still in trouble when it comes to Evolutionary Theory.

NZ vs USA

In the USA, the continuing strong adherence to Intelligent Design and Creationism while the rest of the world is moving to accept the reality of Evolution is clearly due to the continuing strong influence of religion. The following Pew Research Center survey from February 2009 shows how strongly fundamental and evangelical Protestants in particular continue to reject Evolutionary Theory in favour of a literal reading of Genesis:

USA by Religion Feb 2009

 

The rest of the world shows a different pattern:

Around the World Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

I doubt Chris Hemsworth’s statement that effectively shows he accepts Evolutionary Theory will actually change the mind of anybody, but it was refreshing to see a US show where the credit was being given where it was due, instead of to some imaginary being.

8 Responses to “Chris Hemsworth: Sexiest Man Alive – Evolved!”

  1. Diana MacPherson says:

    My friend, a male, has admitted to having a man crush on Thor. 😀

  2. Diane G. says:

    Way to get me to click through, Heather! 😉

    Also–good point. 🙂

  3. Hi Diana and Diane 😀 😀 😀

  4. Ron Murphy says:

    Thor’s parents are gods. Who else would he thank?

  5. ManOutOfTime says:

    Hey, if you count the “not sures,” the U.S. gets to majority not-false on the question. That’s better than I might have thought, even counting the evolution-but-God-is-behind-it crowd. “America: More rational than Turkey” would make a fine slogan.

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