Evolution Archive

Why A Good Future Isn’t A Sure Thing: A Review of The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction explores the tragedy of past extinctions and the reality of currently endangered species by engaging science through the approachability of story and well-placed gravity. Kolbert---winner of the National Magazine Award and a science writer for The New Yorker---is articulate and engaging, which made this book difficult to put down.

The Scopes Monkey Trial Revived at Bryan College

It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.

Where Creationism Goes Wrong

If you’re not a creationist, the temptation might be to finish the title of this post with “on everything.” So go ahead. Say it aloud and you’ll probably feel better. In my recent article, “‘There is a book,’ but Ken Ham has no idea how to read it,” at Toledo Faith & Values (our

3 for Thursday: 3 Traces of Evolution’s Legacy

Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12) is this week and social media is bustling with Darwin quotes, articles on evolution, and talk of HBO’s documentary, Questioning Darwin. There is little doubt that evolution continues to create a stir, especially with 46 percent of Americans being creationists. For this week, therefore, it seemed appropriate to do

Quoted: Charles Darwin on Ignorance

“…ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” ~ Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

Why Religion Eventually Leads to Secularity: A Review of Big Gods

"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."

3 for Thursday: 3 Examples of Time’s Elusiveness

By “time’s elusiveness,” I mean the phenomenon of how we experience it. We may put events on our Google Calendar and it may seem like we have a grasp of time, but the reality is that time is vast—more vast than we can wrap our brains around. Consider the life of a gnat, which

3 for Thursday: 3 Examples of Your Brain Tricking You

We rely on our brains, so the idea of your brain tricking you might be disheartening, but it’s a reality. The brain gathers information and fills in the gaps. Sometimes we see things that we think are there and make judgments about the world based on that observation, but sometimes it’s all in our
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