Wired Magazine’s current issue (poetically titled, “Why Things Suck”) has a nice little piece on the conflicts between the human brain and science. Essentially, Thomas Hayden, the author, notes that our brains have evolved to prefer neat stories and fantastical explanations to numbers, abstractions and statistical norms.

“…thanks to evolution, half of all Americans don’t believe in evolution. That’s the universe for you: impersonal, uncaring, and ironic.”