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Usenet - talk.origins - Evolution versus
creationism (sometimes hot!).
talk.origins Archive Home Page
Hypertext (HTML) access to archive of Usenet newsgroup "talk.origins,"
which covers evolution and the debate with creationism. The newsgroup and
archive are not balanced between the science of evolution and the religious
viewpoint conveyed by so-called "scientific creationism." It does address
the problems, from the scientific perspective, of many common, and often
repeated, assertions by creationists. Warning: The prose within some
of the FAQ files may offend certain religious sensibilities; accordingly,
reader discretion is advised. Selected links from this home page are given
talk.origins Archive Frequently Asked
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Welcome FAQ (Andy Peters) This file should give you some good insight
into what talk.origins is all about.
to Evolutionary Biology (Chris Colby) Excellent introduction
to subject. Read this first.
Echo Jargon File (Wesley R. Elsberry) Glossary of terms you are likely
to encounter on talk.origins
FAQs (selected links are given below; click the Must-Read FAQs
hyperlink to see what else is there)
is Evolution? by Laurence Moran
Book of Genesis (King
James Version) The ultimate source for creationist materials and methods.
If you want to understand where the creationist is coming from, read this
book as literally as possible.
Creationist Arguments: The Meritt FAQs (Jim Meritt) The Meritt FAQ files
are perhaps the first comprehensive look at creationist arguments to be posted
in talk.origins. They have been coalesced into this one single file, allowing
for easy topic searches.
Misconceptions about Evolution (Mark Isaak) A big reason creationist
arguments against evolution are so effective is that major misconceptions
about the topic abound. This article clears up five of the most important
misconceptions about evolution.
Evolution has never been observed.
Evolution violates the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
There are no transitional fossils.
The theory of evolution says that life originated, and evolution proceeds,
by random chance.
Evolution is only a theory; it hasn't been proved.
Frequently Asked But
Never Answered Questions (FABNAQ) (Tom Scharle) A list of questions that
creationists never seem to want to answer. (That doesn't stop the evolutionists
from asking them, though.)
Fossils FAQ (Kathleen Hunt) A large, but by no means complete, list of
transitional fossils that are known. This file counters the common creationist
claim that there are no intermediates in the fossil record.
Andrew MacRae has contributed a large number of fossil images to the
archive. Click here to check them out.
Origins Bibliography (Martin Leipzig and Wesley R. Elsberry) This huge
bibliography (15044 entries) is categorized and indexed by keywords. Check
here if you need to find a reference to anything origins-related.
for the talk.origins Reader (Chris Stassen) Short review of a number
of books relevant to the creation/evolution debate. It includes creationist
books, works critical of creationism and books written about the 1981 Arkansas
Trial. This article was originally intended to be something of a 'reading
list' -- a prerequisite for effective talk.origins participation.
Organizations and Periodicals (Chris Stassen) An overview of eight
organizations (six of them representing young-earth creationism) relevant
to the creation/evolution debate. Included are brief reviews and
membership/subscription information for the periodicals published by each
Ellington) A look at the arguments for and against abiogenesisthe
generation of living from lifeless matter.
Institute for Creation Research A "Christ
Focused Creation Ministry" located near San Diego
Includes the Museum of Creation and Earth
History (which I visited in January 1997. This museum has been
reviewed recently in Scientific
American ("Science vs. Antiscience" Sci. Am., Jan. 1997, pp.
96-98). Another print review appeared in
Skeptic ("A Trip to the Institute
for Creation Research Museum of Creation and Earth History," by Tom McIver;
Skeptic vol. 4, no. 1, 1996. p.32). For an online account of a tour
(with limited commentary), see
A Visit to the ICR
Museum by Steven Linke.
Research Society located in St. Joseph, MO
Creation Science home page
A creationist club (group of Christians) in New Jersey
Some Other Links on Evolution vs. Creationism
Other Evolution Links
Television Series on Evolution
- Evolution — produced by
WGBH in Boston; see online resources incl. topical essays and video
animations; 8 hours of broadcast program are available on VHS or DVD from
WGBH online store at the site linked here; so is an educational VHS
videocassette (not available on DVD) and a teachers' guide. See below
for companion book on this Evolution series by Carl Zimmer.
- See also Monkey
of American Experience series that aired 2/17/2002 on PBS.
Selected Books by Charles Darwin
(Yes, by clicking below, you can download each entire book! I suggest
you start such a download and then press stop , so you can
read just the beginning. If you want the whole book, go to the library. Certainly
do not print out any of these in entirety.)
Selected Books on Evolution
(excerpts available at amazon.com; follow book-title links
by Richard Dawkins (see unofficial page about
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe
Without Design (reissue edition), Norton, 1996
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, (with Lalla Ward,
illustrator), Basic Books, 1996
Climbing Mount Improbable, Norton, 1996
See Chapters 4 and 5 on evolution of wings and eyes, respectively
The Selfish Gene (New Edition), Oxford University Press, 1990
by Daniel C. Dennett
- by Steve Jones
- by Carl Zimmer
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