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Overview

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.

In the book Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a group of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine explain the fundamental methods of science, document the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluate the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including "intelligent design." The book explores the many fascinating inquiries being pursued that put the science of evolution to work in preventing and treating human disease, developing new agricultural products, and fostering industrial innovations. The book also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching creationist ideas in public school science classes.

Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, Science, Evolution, and Creationism shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in conflict with each other and that the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith. For educators, students, teachers, community leaders, legislators, policy makers, and parents who seek to understand the basis of evolutionary science, this publication will be an essential resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309105866
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 679,663
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiv
Evolution and the Nature of Science     1
The Evidence for Biological Evolution     17
Creationist Perspectives     37
Conclusion     47
Frequently Asked Questions     49
Additional Readings     55
Committee Member Biographies     60
Index     67
Credits     70
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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    A simple explanation.

    If you want a simple, though convincing, explanation of why Evolution and Creationism should NOT be given equal weight in a scientific context (like in the Science classroom) this book makes it clear, in a relatively painless quick read kind of way. Only about 50 pages with lots of pictures and charts, excellent for a Middle School or High School level person who wants to understand the issue without taking on the entire branch of science. My favorite part is when they explain that Evolution is "just a theory" in the same sense as molecular science and the workings of the solar system is considered a "scientific theory" as well.

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