Top 5 misconceptions about evolution: A guide to demystify the foundation of modern biology.
Here is an infographic to help inform citizens. From my experience most people who misunderstand evolution are actually misinformed about what science is and how it operates. That said, here are five of the biggest barriers faced when one explains evolution - I have faced these and they are documented in the literature.
I hope you can build on my work and improve the communication between the scientists and the public.
Want to do more? If you want to donate to the cause of science education I suggest the National Center for Science Education http://ncse.com, your local university, or an equivalent organization. Volunteering at schools and inviting scientists into classrooms are two ways to encourage an informed society. Attend hearings if school boards start questioning evolution’s role in public curriculum. Raise a storm if anyone tries to ban science. Plus, it never hurts to reblog a well made evolution post.
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this is a fantastic read.
I’d like to add one more misconception: Darwin set out on the HMS Beagle to “prove” evolution existed.
Some people think that he came up with the theory of evolution prior or during his trip on the Beagle, but in fact the trip actually only made him question the paradigm about species at the time. Darwin was in his early twenties when he was aboard the Beagle, serving as a companion for the ship’s captain. Darwin was even studying to be a clergyman up to that point and had a more prominent background in Geology rather than Biology.
It warms my heart to see someone explaining evolution with phylogenies. They are the simplest possible thing to understand and more people should use them in their explanations. I’d also like to point out how important the understanding of something like evolution is for a person because it develops critical thinking. The very basis of evolution is taking the pieces of evidence and forming them into an ultimate puzzle. This requires a massive amount of inference and thought processes. It’s not science that’s about memorizing a bunch of information, but something that to truly understand, you have to actually think about it. The concepts apply all over the intellectual spectrum though. How did civilizations occur? Well, let’s look at our environment and how we evolved as a species. How are books written? Piece by piece of random information from an author’s brain is added to something that was nothing. It even helps give a deeper understanding of History and the world we live in because it forces your brain to think on a larger scale. History is nothing more than the evolution of thought. Opposing ideas have shown up that wars were fought over, but in the end the idea that was best for survival is what ultimately survived. There are 1000s of years of human history filled with decision after decision that was influenced by the principals of natural selection, only instead of genes being changed and passed on based on their relative fitness, it was thought.
Our world is evolution whether you like it or not. If you ever question the theory, then please don’t hesitate to ask someone knowledgeable from the scientific field about it. I guarantee that anyone in Biology will have a deep understanding of the basics of evolution because it’s what can be considered the rock upon which modern biology is built. It builds critical thought which is so desperately needed in people these days and provides the underlying concept behind why the world is the way it is. Quite literally, evolution is the meaning of life. Nothing grandiose about it. Who knows what created the universe? It’s still not entirely within the grasp of modern science how to reconcile that idea. What’s important is that it is apparent that whatever caused the creation of the universe had no input on how it would form. Life is governed by evolution where it draws it’s meaning.