This site contains essays and articles which present some of the scientific evidence for evolution. It also contains refutations and critiques of creationist arguments and creationism. Check out our links and resources
Welcome to Evolution pages
Taking the side of science in the Evolution v Creation debate
CMB anistropy in false colour. Reported on-line here
Michael Ruse essay: 'Teach Science and nothing more' in science classes
Guy Berthault's work: revolutionary geology or extravagant hubris?
Guy Berthault is hailed by the YEC community who claim that his work on sedimentation undermines modern geology and the idea of an Old Earth. Go here for a rebuttal.
Carl Wieland published an article on 'Answers in Genesis' claiming that the Miitochondrial Eve concept supported a literal biblical Eve dated at 6,500 years ago. He is wrong and I pointed that out in this article. He responded to this with a reply of his own. Go here to see why Carl Wieland is misinformed about the science and mistaken in his conclusion. The Mitochondrial Eve concept does not support the bible. Now updated.
Christoph Schönborn, Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and Archbishop of Vienna, has been causing controversy amongst the faithful and non-Catholics alike since his article supporting the Intelligent Design movement and attacking the biological Theory of Evolution was published in the New York Times. He has now published an article, ‘The Designs of Science’, in which he seeks to clarify and expand the New York Times piece. Go here for a rebuttal
Observations support Big Bang cosmology
Third Year data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe have been published. These data support the Standard Model of Cosmology extremely well, with detailed support for a Cold Dark Matter model with flat or nearly flat universe, and a cosmological constant-like Dark Energy. Inflation is strongly supported. The signature of gravity waves was not detected but not ruled out. Go here
" There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." - The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
With these inspiring words, Charles Darwin concluded his book, 'The Origin of Species', and from that date in 1859, nothing in science would ever be the same again. Darwin's concept of Natural Selection was the keystone in an edifice which explains the diversity and nested relationships of species. It is a beautiful and powerful concept, and, as the famous biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky said: "Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of Evolution"
Fundamentalists are opposed to Neo-Darwinism, and supporting sciences such as geology, cosmology, and palaeontology, because:
They contradict the literal account of Creation in the bible
They disprove the notion that the Earth is young - many creationists think it is only 6,500 to 10,000 years old
They suggest that Mankind is ultimately descended from non-humans
They directly debunk the story of a global flood
They dispense with a need for supernatural intervention to explain the origin and diversity of life on earth
Young Earth Creationists, finding their opinion opposed by the scientific evidence at every turn, and unable to make progress in the scientific debate, have attempted to engage the general public in their aim to introduce non-science into the teaching of science in schools.
More recently, a new movement called Intelligent Design has emerged. It is more sophisticated than Young Earth Creationism, although it relies on arguments that have been discredited for more than a century. Its adherents do not all subscribe to a Young Earth, but they all suggest that life is designed by what they call the Intelligent Designer (which is a thinly veiled description of God).
The fact of evolution (that organisms change over time and that new species emerge as other go extinct) has been known for over 150 years. The mechanism by which that happens is described by the Theory of Evolution. There is a vast quantity of scientific evidence in support of neo-Darwinism, the modern Theory of Evolution, although there is much still to be learned.
This site contains essays and articles presenting some of the scientific evidence for evolution as well as criticisms of Creationist arguments. It also contains links to other relevant sites on the web and references to scientific resources like books on relevant science
Another New Book criticising Intelligent Design
Edited by John Brockman, with essays from many leading scientists: "Intelligent Thought; Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement" ' ISBN 0307277224
evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being
incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one.” - Steven
biology certainly hasn't explained everything that perplexes biologists,
but Intelligent Design hasn't yet tried to explain anything at all"
- Daniel Dennett.
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