Here’s a cool book I’d like to look into. I read about it on evolvgen at Seed Magazine’s scienceblogs.com site.
The book is The Top Ten Myths about Evolution by Cameron McPherson Smith and Charles Sullivan.
What I love about it is that the title sound like it’s going to debunk evolution, but it actually debunks creationism!
Here’s the skinny from the official website:
Though the United States is the world leader in science and technology, many of its citizens display a shocking ignorance regarding basic scientific facts. Recent surveys have revealed that only about half of Americans realize that dinosaurs never lived side by side with humans, and about the same number reject the idea that humans developed from earlier species of animals. This lack of knowledge in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution springs from a number of negative influences in contemporary society: poor secondary education in some regions of the country, misinformation in the mass media, and deliberate obfuscation by supporters of Creationism and Intelligent Design.
In this concise, accessible handbook, educators Cameron M. Smith and Charles Sullivan clearly dispel the ten most common myths about evolution, which continue to mislead average Americans. Using a refreshing, jargon-free style, they set the record straight on claims that evolution is “just a theory,” that Darwinian explanations of life undercut morality, that Intelligent Design is a legitimate alternative to conventional science, that humans come from chimpanzees, and six other popular but erroneous notions.
Smith and Sullivan’s reader-friendly, solidly researched text will serve as an important tool, both for teachers and laypersons seeking accurate information about evolution.
The Top Ten Myths About Evolution is scheduled for release in Fall, 2006, from Prometheus Books.
Although written for an even broader audience, The Top Ten Myths About Evolution is an offshoot of the authors’ 2005 article in Skeptical Inquirer magazine, Getting the Monkey off Darwin’s Back: Four Common Myths about Evolution.
Here are the 10 myths that get debunked:
Survival of the Fittest
It’s Just a Theory
The Ladder of Progress
The Missing Link
Evolution is Random
People Come from Monkeys
Nature’s Perfect Balance
Creationism Disproves Evolution
Intelligent Design is Science
Evolution is Immoral
I tried to post a picture of the cover, but I couldn’t get it to upload without an error. When I figure it out, I’ll add it to this post.
Anyone want to read this after the holidays?
P.S. I am still not sure who read the blog versus the forums, so I’ve posted this in both places. When the new site is set up, I’ll figure out some kind of system of what belongs where! Thanks for putting up with me in the meantime….