Synopses & Reviews
In this concise, accessible, "myth-busters handbook," two renowned educators clearly dispel the ten most common myths about evolution. Using a refreshing, jargon-free style, they set the record straight that evolution is "just a theory." Illustrations.
"A modest proposal to reverse the national great leap backwards: I say we all familiarize ourselves with the compelling, crystalline logic of The Top Ten Myths about Evolution. Then, let's do our best to connect with those who have yet to accept the ancient legacy of life on earth as revealed by Darwin and affirmed in countless ways by the generations of science ever since."
Ann Druyan-co-author with Carl Sagan of Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Among the many topics that have galvanized the public in recent years, the
debate over evolution versus intelligent design has generated an outpouring
of heated rhetoric from both sides. Terms such as "missing link," "natural
selection," and "survival of the fittest" are glibly bandied about, yet
these core ideas are seldom addressed with any degree of accuracy or
understanding. In an effort to clarify prevailing misinterpretations and
counteract misinformation relayed through the media, from the pulpit, or in
the classroom, the authors have identified the 10 most common
misconceptions about evolution. From "evolution is just a theory" to "man
descended from monkeys," the inaccuracies behind each flawed statement are
methodically exposed and carefully refuted, citing and expanding upon
legitimate research through detailed annotations. Passionate in their
support of evolutionary science, the authors nonetheless adopt a
straightforward and ecumenical approach, precisely distilling each
hot-button issue to its cogent essence. The result is a meticulously
researched and distinctly presented overview of a complex and contentious
About the Author
Cameron M. Smith, Ph.D. (Portland, OR) is an adjunct faculty associate at Portland State Universitys department of anthropology and a popular science writer who has published articles in Scientific American MIND, Archaeology, Playboy, Spaceflight, Skeptical Inquirer, The Writer, and other publications.
Charles Sullivan (Portland, OR) has graduate degrees in philosophy and English and is an adjunct faculty member in Portland Community College's writing department. He has published articles with Cameron M. Smith in Playboy, Skeptical Inquirer, and The Writer.