Evolution: Myths and Misconceptions

It will soon be 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, a book that outlined an idea that many people today still find shocking. That all life on Earth, including human life had evolved from a common origin.

When the new Florida Science Standards became public, the vast majority of objections to them came as a result of the inclusion of Evolution. When we examine these objections we can only draw one conclusion from them. Evolution must be the best-known yet worst-understood of all scientific theories. There are already many good guides available but this one from the New Scientist seems to be the most  comprehensive. So here is New Scientist’s guide to some of the most common myths and misconceptions about evolution.

2 Responses to “Evolution: Myths and Misconceptions”

  1. PatrickHenry Says:

    Thanks for posting this. The article slipped right by me when it came out. I guess I rarely look at the New Scientist site. This inspired me to post an article about a few other sources like this. (Hey, weekends are slow for news.)

  2. deadman_932 Says:

    I’m not sure if this is the optimal place to put these links, but they might help in dispelling some of the misunderstandings of evolution.

    Knowledge is power, as they say, and there’s lots of info or links to valid information on the following sites :

    http://tolweb.org/tree/home.pages/linksev.html#evol
    http://www.mcb.harvard.edu/biolinks.html
    http://www.bomis.com/rings/evolution/
    http://nationalacademies.org/evolution/

    Sorry if this wasn’t the best place to post ’em. Cheers!