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Here are some of the most common talking points creationists use.
1) No one has seen evolution in action. This theory is based on speculation.
As a microbiologist, I find this offensive. I witness evolution all the time when bacteria gain antibiotic resistance. This is small but very easy to see if you look at Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bug that arose due to evolution and the overuse of antibiotics selecting for specific traits.
2) There are no transitional fossils (intermedeary fossils that show evolutionary transition).
There are. A lot of them actually. My favorites are whales. The Fossils we have have put their evolution as so: the land mammal Indohyus, returns to the water and transitions into Ambulocetus, then after two more known transitions (Protocetid and Basilosaurus), finally ends as Cetaceans – modern whales. Besides, evolution itself is a fluid transitional process. All living species are currently in a state of “transition”.
3) Evolution can’t explain how life started.
Well, it’s not supposed to. The process in which life started that so many creationists talk about is something else all together called “abiogenesis.” This branch of science has many theories (I’m particular to the RNA world hypothesis) but has nothing to do with evolution. Evolution explains how species change over time through natural selection.
Having creationism (or its dressed-up inbred cousin, “intelligent design”) taught in any science class is detrimental to children’s cognitive development. If we teach kids that the earth is 6,000 years old, we’re teaching them that it’s okay to ignore empirical evidence. Being able to shape your beliefs on things that are testable and falsifiable is one of the most important skills anyone can learn.
via Dr. Sci-Psy.
- 14 Ways to Deny Evolution (grahamghana.wordpress.com)
- More of the Coalition of the Sane Are Having Their ‘Creationist Moment’ [Mike the Mad Biologist] (scienceblogs.com)
- De Facto Creationism (and Ample Cowardice) in US Biology Classes | The Intersection (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- American Teachers Often Ignore Evolution [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)
- Only 28% of US Biology Teachers Teach Evolution (littlegreenfootballs.com)