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The Theory of Evolution is Not an Explanation for the Origin of Life
Evolution: Education and Outreach
  • Justin W. Rice, Iowa State University
  • Daniel A. Warner, Iowa State University
  • Clint D. Kelly, Iowa State University
  • Michael P. Clough, Iowa State University
  • James T. Colbert, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
6-1-2010
DOI
10.1007/s12052-010-0225-1
Abstract

The propagation of misconceptions about the theory of biological evolution must be addressed whenever and wherever they are encountered. The recent article by Paz-y-Mino and Espinoza in this journal contained several such misconceptions, including: that biological evolution explains the origin of life, confusion between biological and cosmological evolution, and the use of the term “Darwinism,” all of which we address here. We argue that science educators, and biology educators particularly, must be aware of these (and other) misconceptions and work to remove them from their classrooms.

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This article is from Evolution: Education and Outreach 3 (2010): 141, doi:10.1007/s12052-010-0225-1. Posted with permission.

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This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Justin W. Rice, et al.
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en
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Citation Information
Justin W. Rice, Daniel A. Warner, Clint D. Kelly, Michael P. Clough, et al.. "The Theory of Evolution is Not an Explanation for the Origin of Life" Evolution: Education and Outreach Vol. 3 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 141 - 142
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/james_colbert/2/