Thursday, May 21, 2009

Evolution 101

A guest post in the Winston-Salem Journal by Adam Corey, a high school biology teacher offers a clear, concise explanation about what evolution is and isn't. He writes:
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (1809) and the 150th anniversary of his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

(1859). Our nation falls miserably behind the majority of developed countries in scientific literacy. I hope we can improve those numbers. We must continue to educate the public through solid explanations of what evolution is while correcting the misunderstandings the majority of people have.

If you have questions about evolution, ask someone. Professors and teachers would be glad to help you understand the unifying theory of biology. As Theodore Dobzhansky, a noted geneticist and evolutionary biologist, said, "Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution." Once you understand evolution, a new door to the biological sciences opens before you.

More teachers should write like this. Oh, and its Theodosius, by the way.

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