Yes, fact. Darwin's theory was not evolution, it was the theory of natural selection. It's a theory about how evolution works, not whether or not it happened.
It happened. There's overwhelming evidence for it. It's not a theory, it's not a myth. It's fact. Go to a museum.
But a frightening number of people continue to refuse scientific evidence. We glory in being stupid. I truly fear for the direction we're heading in when creationism is considered valid science and evolution is considered a myth. People I work with, people whose intelligence I respect, refuse evolution. It's the intellectual equivalent of putting your hands over your ears and going "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA".
But look at who we revere these days. We revere stupidity. Glenn Beck. Sarah Palin. Christine O'Donnell.
Christine O'Donnell with Bill Maher from 1998
O'DONNELL: You know what, evolution is a myth. And even Darwin himself -http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/25/christine-odonnell-evolution-monkeys_n_739131.html
MAHER: Evolution is a myth? Have you ever looked at a monkey?
O'DONNELL: Well then, why they -- why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?
I really don't understand how we can be this technologically advanced and still hold on to dark ages thinking so strongly.