The Basics – What are Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design
- PBS: What is Evolution? – A basic faq of what evolution actually claims
- BBC: What is Creationism? – An in depth look what creationism is and it’s impact around the world
- NCSE: What is Intelligent Design? – A brief history of intelligent design and creationism and what ID advocates promote today
- NCSE: The Creation/Evolution Continuum – Exposing the myth that if you accept evolution you can’t believe in god and that the choice between creationism and evolution is dichotomous
Useful Sites and Articles
- Talk Origins: The best resource for evolution information and creationist refutations on the internet. Be sure to check out their FAQ, section on human evolution, observed speciation and near exhaustive index of refutations to creationist arguments.
- PBS: Evolution – A comprehensive look at evolution including media of all kinds
- UCBerkeley: Understanding Evolution – All encompassing site with huge resources.Evolution 101 and their resource library are particularly exceptional, including Transitional forms. More from Berkeley on Biogeographical Distribution.
- NCSE: The home of the a prominent defender of teaching evolution in U.S. schools
- Smithsonian Museum: Human Evolution – A great collection of the evidence for human evolution with a nice collection of multimedia
- New Scientist: Evolution: 24 Myths – A look at common myths spread to discredit evolution and to promote creationism
- Panda’s Thumb: Missing link: “cdesign proponentists” – Hard evidence that intelligent design is just rebranded creationism
- Conspiracy Science: Darwin Myths – Not that it matters because the evidence for evolution stands on its own but this site exposes the deception and lies behind many popular myths about Charles Darwin
- The Age of the Earth
- Changing Views of the History of the Earth
- The Latest Scholarship on Evolution
- Creation-Science is Not Science by Michael Ruse
- Science and Pseudoscience by Imre Lakatos
- Evolution and Science by Daniel Styer
Accuracy of Fossils and Dating Methods
- Accuracy of Fossils and Dating Methods -Fossil dating is accurate since the method follows strict scientific guidelines: the age of rocks around a fossil can be considered, mathematical calculations are used, the state of decay, carbon-14, and isotopes figure in calculations and tree of life relationships often help sort the dates
- How fossils support the stages of evolutionary history
- Quality of the fossil record: Data bases and software for studying the quality of the fossil record.
- The basics of Radiometric dating methods
- Good overview with response to critiques by religious fundamentalists.
Stratigraphy and the succession of rocks
- The geologic time scale– basics and history, and the latest standard time scale
- The stratigraphic column: explanation and graphic illustration.
- Learn the names of the divisions of geologic time.
- A basic outline of geological time and links.
- QualiaSoup – Evolution, Irreducible Complexity Cut Down to Size and Rebuttals: Irreducible Complexity – Explaining what evolution does and doesn’t claim and where the popular argument irreducible complexity falls short
- Ken Miller: Bacterial Flagellum, Human Chromosome 2, Evolution and Religion – A few brief clips of Miller taking up common issues
- Don Exodus: Let’s Test Them: Evolution vs. Creationism – A brief look at the predictions the two make and which side the evidence comes down on
- Miscellaneous Common Issues: Evolution of the Eye, How Dating Works, “If We Came From Apes Why Are There Still Apes?”, Transitional forms and “Kinds Only Bring Forth Their Own Kind”
Lengthy Videos, Lectures & Series
- Yale: Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior – An entire free semester long course that lays out the basics of evolution
- PBS: Intelligent Design on Trial – A NOVA documentary about the famous Dover vs Kitzmiller trial which shows exactly effectively banished intelligent design from U.S. schools
- Ken Miller: On Intelligent Design – A primary witness at the Dover trial retells the story and explains in great detail why intelligent design is not science
- Collaborative Effort: 15 Questions for Evolutionists Pamphlet Answered – A pamphlet touted by Creation Ministries featuring 15 common questions about evolution is answered
- NCSE: Creationism vs Evolution and Evolution of Creationism – Examining the tactics and history of the creationist movement.
- Richard Dawkins – Growing Up in the Universe: Designed and Designoid Objects &Climbing Mount Improbable – A lecture series on the universe and our place in it
- Potholer54: Made Easy Series – Natural Selection, Theory of Evolution, Human Evolutionand Human Ancestry – The series looks at the history of the universe and the development of life on earth
- AronRa: Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism Series – An extensive look at all the deception that has to take place by professional creationists
- Don Exodus: How Evolution Works Series – A walk-through showing how evolution works
- “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry A. Coyne, AAI 2009 – Jerry Coyne explains ‘Why Evolution is True’ (also the title of his excellent new book) at the Atheist Alliance International 2009 conference, sponsored by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
- Evolution: How We Know it Happened & Why it Matters (with Dr. Donald Prothero) – The hottest cultural controversy of 2005 was the Intelligent Design challenge to the theory of evolution, being played out in classrooms and courtrooms across America. The crux of the argument made by proponents of Intelligent Design is that the theory of evolution is in serious trouble. They claim that the evidence for evolution is weak, the gaps in the theory are huge, and that these flaws should be taught to students. In this brilliant synthesis of scientific data and theory, Occidental College geologist, paleontologist, and evolutionary theorist Dr. Donald Prothero will present the best evidence we have that evolution happened, why Darwin’s theory still matters, and what the real controversies are in evolutionary biology.
- Was Darwin Wrong? – Is Darwin’s theory of evolution right or wrong? NGC puts Darwin’s theory to the test by investigating his claims one by one.
- Evolution Documentary – BBC, PBS, NOVA, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and more!!!
- Audio Version Annotated and Read by Richard Dawkins
- Full PDF Version courtesy of Penn State University
- Jerry A. Coyne addressing ID Advocates
- Carl Sagan (Cosmos)
- Alvin Plantinga (inadvertently) exposes ID