Friday, October 11, 2013

Common Misunderstandings of Evolution: Part 1

I've recently found a list of "problems" with evolution. Whereas I welcome the constructive criticism of ideas, most of the time, when people are pointing out "errors" in evolution, their qualms arise from a misunderstanding of what evolution actually is. In this short series, I will be exploring some of the most common questions and misconceptions concerning evolution, and I will detail how science answers these concerns.

I will be doing this in a Q&A style, so if you don't feel like reading the whole thing, or you want to read a specific question, feel free to skip to what interests you.

Q.) How does evolution explain the origins of life?
A.) This question, and variations of it, is one of the most common things I've heard when people are debating evolution. In fact, evolution doesn't explain anything about how life originated. Is this a problem with evolution? Nope. Evolution isn't trying to explain how life started. To complain that evolution doesn't explain the origin of life is like complaining that the gas laws don't explain gravity.

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