website like this one has to have a links page. Interestingly, it
is usually on the links page where you really get a chance to see a
person's true stance on an issue. Well, if you haven't figured it
out yet, I have my own personal opinions concerning evolution and science
education. I've included the links below because I find them particularly
useful. The descriptions come primarily from the opening pages of
each website. I've divided the links into six different categories:
The Panda's Thumb is
the virtual pub of the University of Ediacara. The patrons gather to
discuss evolutionary theory, critique the claims of the antievolution movement,
defend the integrity of both science and science education, and share good conversation.
While antievolution advocates are
endlessly critical of evolutionary biology, it seems that they rarely
take the time to critique their own arguments. This web site is
for the critical examination of the antievolution movement.
Unlike antievolution advocacy web sites, this site aims to provide
links to both the antievolutionists making their own arguments and
also to the critics who provide mainstream science answers to those arguments.
Science and Creationism: A View From the National Academy of Sciences
In this text,
the National Academy of Sciences states unequivocally that
creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level.
It explores the nature of science, reviews the evidence for the origin
of the universe and Earth, and explains the current scientific
understanding of biological evolution.
National Center for Science Education
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
defends the teaching of evolution in public schools. They are a nationally-recognized clearinghouse for
information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and "scientific creationism" out.
NCSE is the only national organization to specialize in this issue.
Kansas Citizens for Science (KCFS)
KCFS is a not-for-profit educational
organization that promotes a better understanding of what science is,
and does. The formation of KCFS was triggered by the August 1999
Kansas State Board of Education's decision to adopt public school
science standards that removed key aspects of the theory of evolution -
a cornerstone of modern biology - as well as other critical concepts
such as the Big Bang theory and the geologic time-scale.
Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes
The main objective
of ENSI is to improve the teaching of evolution in High School Biology
courses by encouraging teachers to teach evolutionary thinking in the
context of a more complete understanding of modern scientific thinking.
This is an
evolution website for both teachers and students. Teachers
can use the website to: focus on the basic concepts for teaching
evolution and find lesson plans for their classrooms, identify
strategies to overcome potential roadblocks to the teaching of
evolution, avoid common mistakes by reading a primer on pitfalls,
and enrich their evolution knowledge with readings, web sources
and position statements.
evolution: a journey into where we're from and where we're going
evolution project is a seven-part, eight-hour television
broadcast series, an
extensive Web site, a far-reaching educational outreach initiative,
and a HarperCollins companion book by acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer.
The evolution project's goals are to heighten understanding of
evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings, to
illuminate why it is relevant to our lives, to improve its teaching,
to encourage a national dialogue, and to prompt participation in all aspects of the project.
The Clergy Letter Project
The Clergy Letter
Project is an endeavor designed to demonstrate that religion and science
can be compatible and to elevate the quality of the debate of this
Wendy's Evolution Page
Wendy is a fellow believer who has a lot to say about the Creation/Evolution issue. As a former Young Earth Creationist, she knows that many Christians do not have a clear understanding of evolution. By making a page about evolution and sharing her experiences in the search for truth, she feels she might be able to help.
Theistic Evolution - One Christian's Perspective
Carl Drews has been advised to put aside all the arguments and science, and to read Genesis and listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling him. When he reads the first chapters of Genesis in this manner, he has peace. He is confident that God has created him and all that exists. But when he reads the literature of creationists and talks with them, he has no peace. He feels doubt about the Christian church and anger at people who are supposed to be his brothers and sisters in Christ. After encountering false information he became suspicious of what he read and heard. So he does not associate with creationists very much, and he rarely discusses these matters. This webpage describes his journey.
God, Evolution, and the Big Bang-- What the Creationists Don't Want You to Know
Ben Crowell teaches physics and astronomy at Fullerton College, a community college in Southern California. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University. The title of this pamphlet shows that he has a definite point of view, but you don't have to trust everything he says -- there are references at the end of the pamphlet to more information from people with various perspectives.
Faith and Science
Greg Myers is someone I have come to know and respect through his postings on the KCFS.org Discussion Forum. His blog is a series of postings from a course he taught at church and his interactions on the KCFS.org site.
A "Carnival" is a showcase of good
weblog writing, selected by the authors themselves. Each week, the
Tangled Bank crew will highlight a collection of interesting weblog articles in one convenient
place, making it easy for everyone to find the good stuff.
Their weekly compendium of great science weblog articles is named after
Charles Darwin's famous metaphor:
"It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed
with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with
various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp
earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different
from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have
all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest
sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied
by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the
conditions of life and from use and disuse: a Ratio of Increase so high as
to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection,
entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms."