Understanding Evolution


The United States is rare among the world’s highly industrialized countries in that teaching evolution is still subject to debate. Even the Catholic Church has acknowledged that evolution and faith are not in conflict, but some insist on diluting sound science teaching with pseudoscientific “creationist” claptrap. This site’s a big help in clearing up confusion about exactly what evolutionary theory entails. Put together by a group of University of California, Berkeley, science professors as a classroom aid for teachers, it’s easy to navigate and chock-full of information. Especially useful is the section that debunks common misconceptions about evolution. For the science-impaired, there’s a quick refresher course in how science works, which includes a clear definition of the word “theory” as it relates to science.