Evolution and Creationism: What Everyone Needs to Know. What is science? Evolution: a quick overview -- evidence -- mechanisms The age of the Earth/”how do you know how old it is?” What is creationism Evolution answers questions 7. Why is evolution important? .
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-- a “Way of knowing”
-- hypotheses that are testable and provisional
-- the answer for every question
-- all of human thought
Organic EvolutionDefinitions: The hypothesis that all organisms on Earth are connected by bonds of genealogy and have changed through time.Darwin: “descent with modification”
Hornbill (SE Asia)
Archaeopteryx and modern pigeon
North Atlantic Right Whale
biologist has seriously questioned whether
evolution has occurred, or whether it is an
adequate explanation for the history and
diversity of life since at least the 1890s.
There has been, and continues to be, debate
about the causes and mechanisms of
Natural SelectionDefinition: The non-random and differential reproduction of different genotypes acting to preserve favorable variants and eliminate less favorable variants.
Using fossils to tell time: biostratigraphy conclusions”
Seneca Stone Quarry conclusions”
Bentonites (ancient conclusions”
volcanic ash layers)
in the Seneca Stone
(from Scott, Evolution vs. Creationism, 2004)
HALF OF AMERICANS ARE “CREATIONISTS”
Source: Harris poll, June 2005