questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution.
- ORIGIN OF LIFE. Why do textbooks claim that the 1953 Miller-Urey experiment
shows how life's building blocks may have formed on the early Earth
-- when conditions on the early Earth were probably nothing like those
used in the experiment, and the origin of life remains a mystery?
- DARWIN'S TREE OF LIFE. Why don't textbooks discuss the "Cambrian explosion,"
in which all major animal groups appear together in the fossil record
fully formed instead of branching from a common ancestor -- thus contradicting
the evolutionary tree of life?
- HOMOLOGY. Why do textbooks define homology as similarity due to common
ancestry, then claim that it is evidence for common ancestry -- a circular
argument masquerading as scientific evidence?
- VERTEBRATE EMBRYOS. Why do textbooks use drawings of similarities
in vertebrate embryos as evidence for their common ancestry -- even
though biologists have known for over a century that vertebrate embryos
are not most similar in their early stages, and the drawings are faked?
- ARCHAEOPTERYX. Why do textbooks portray this fossil as the missing
link between dinosaurs and modern birds -- even though modern birds
are probably not descended from it, and its supposed ancestors do not
appear until millions of years after it?
- PEPPERED MOTHS. Why do textbooks use pictures of peppered moths camouflaged
on tree trunks as evidence for natural selection -- when biologists
have known since the 1980s that the moths don't normally rest on tree
trunks, and all the pictures have been staged?
- DARWIN'S FINCHES. Why do textbooks claim that beak changes in Galapagos
finches during a severe drought can explain the origin of species by
natural selection -- even though the changes were reversed after the
drought ended, and no net evolution occurred?
- MUTANT FRUIT FLIES. Why do textbooks use fruit flies with an extra
pair of wings as evidence that DNA mutations can supply raw materials
for evolution -- even though the extra wings have no muscles and these
disabled mutants cannot survive outside the laboratory?
- HUMAN ORIGINS. Why are artists' drawings of ape-like humans used to
justify materialistic claims that we are just animals and our existence
is a mere accident -- when fossil experts cannot even agree on who our
supposed ancestors were or what they looked like?
- EVOLUTION A FACT? Why are we told that Darwin's theory of evolution
is a scientific fact -- even though many of its claims are based on
misrepresentations of the facts?