While the mechanisms of evolution are still under investigation, scientists universally accept that the cosmos, our planet, and life evolved and continue to evolve. Yet the teaching of evolution to schoolchildren is still contentious. In Science and Creationism, The National Academy of Sciences states unequivocally that creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level. Briefly and clearly, this booklet 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. This edition includes new insights from astronomy and molecular biology. Attractive in presentation and authoritative in content, Science and Creationism will be useful to anyone concerned about America's scientific literacy: education policymakers, school boards and administrators, curriculum designers, librarians, teachers, parents, and students.
Copyright 1999 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
- STEERING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND CREATIONISM
- The Origin of the Universe, Earth, and Life
- Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution
- Human Evolution
- Appendix Frequently Asked Questions
- Recommended Readings
- Council of the National Academy of Sciences
Perspective: Evolution's Struggle for Existence in America's Public SchoolsMF Antolin et al. Evolution 55 (12), 2379-88. PMID 11831654.The ongoing creation-evolution controversy in North America thrives on the widespread special creationist beliefs of a significant portion of the public. Creation science …
Why I Teach the Controversy: Using Creationism to Teach Critical ThinkingPL Honey. Front Psychol 6, 793. PMID 26136700.Creationism and intelligent design are terms used to describe supernatural explanations for the origin of life, and the diversity of species on this planet. Many scientis …
Assessment of Biology Majors' Versus Nonmajors' Views on Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent DesignG Paz-Y-Miño C et al. Evolution (N Y) 2 (1), 75-83. PMID 26973732.The controversy around evolution, creationism, and intelligent design resides in a historical struggle between scientific knowledge and popular belief. Four hundred seven …
Darwin, Dover, 'Intelligent Design' and TextbooksK Padian et al. Biochem J 417 (1), 29-42. PMID 19061485. - ReviewID ('intelligent design') is not science, but a form of creationism; both are very different from the simple theological proposition that a divine Creator is responsible …
Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences: Summary of a ConvocationPlanning Committee on Thinking Evolutionarily: Making Biology Education Make Sense et al. PMID 24851293. - ReviewEvolution is the central unifying theme of biology. Yet today, more than a century and a half after Charles Darwin proposed the idea of evolution through natural selectio …