How loyal a disciple of Charles Darwin’s are you, really? Take this test and find out. Higher scores indicate increasing loyalty to Darwin and his ideas. At the extreme, loyalty to Darwin becomes unreflective, dogmatic, and immune to countervailing evidence. In other words, it becomes a form of Darwinian fundamentalism. Hence the name of this test, the Darwinian Fundamentalism Index (DFI).
Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are coming to regard fundamentalism, whether religious or secular, as harmful to society and as a form of mental disturbance. In fact, “fundamentalist personality disorder” is increasingly being mooted for inclusion in the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM VI). At the same time, Darwinian fundamentalism is enormously influential in American culture and goes unchallenged in American biology classrooms, where it has become textbook orthodoxy.
The DFI was commissioned by TheBestSchools.org and developed by a cross-disciplinary team with expertise in psychological testing, social psychology, philosophy, and biology. Because the dominant form of fundamentalism in biology is Darwinian, the DFI focuses on Darwinian fundamentalism.
Taking The Test
The DFI consists of 40 pairs of statements. For each pair, select the statement with which you more nearly agree. This is a forced-choice test. For some statement pairs, you may not feel comfortable with either choice, but do the best you can. The test is short and will take only a few minutes to complete.
Use of this inventory is strictly for educational purposes. It must not be taken as offering psychological advice. It must not be taken as a proof of biological orthodoxy. Take this test only if you are interested in learning about Darwinian fundamentalism and how it is assessed. Your answers will be anonymous, but they will recorded and used for research.