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On Teaching Evolution and Natural Selection

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On Teaching Evolution and Natural Selection

by Jeff J. Brown 2009

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Evolution is a fact, period. We understand much more about evolution and natural selection than we do the theories of gravity and particle physics.

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Teaching the myriad disciplines of science and pursuing human endeavors without the unifying genius of evolution and natural selection is as absurd as trying to learn mathematics without the zero.

1 x 1 = ????????

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Or pretending verbs are not necessary in literature:

He her long and hard in the den. Then, she on his neck, chest and waist, his thighs. After that, they to the bedroom and repeatedly all night long.

Or expunging a, e, i, o and u out of grammar books:

Nc pn tm n lnd fr wy, mn cm t th ct t sll hs wrs.

For all educators, this would be tantamount to Orwellian lunacy. Why should the sciences with evolution and natural selection be considered any differently?

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