Today is Darwin Day, celebrating a story of human evolution that is as true and scientific as the evolution of a ceramic pitcher into a baseball pitcher. Neither is true. Don't believe the lie.
I respond to an infographic promoted recently by the blog Gizmodo on the "top five misconceptions about evolution according to science". In fact, it is the creationist side who gets the science right. The infographic is an example of the sort of false claims to which creationists are too often subjected.
Secularists deny the concept of historical science all the time. There really is such a thing, and you know it under the more common name of forensic science. FOX19's Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer denies the concept in an opinion piece written just after the recent Ken Ham and Bill Nye debate. Yet a recent ABC Science article puts paid to Horstmeyer's main argument. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation does indeed help in discovering exoplanets, yet the application of that well-understood law is still subject to human assumptions that can sometimes be wrong.
"Cells are the foundational units of life. Pages 256-257 of your science textbook present 'Precursors of the First Cells' as the wrap up to the section 'How Did Life Begin?'. But are we alive yet? Does the book manage to explain how life came to be? No, not yet. The section on how life began has failed to explain how life began." -- Fifth and last in a series of letters to my son as he began his high-school years.
"Your science textbook asserts an age of 4.5 billion years for Earth. Your book cites radiometric dating as the basis for that age. But beware! The complicated science and math behind radiometric dating lend an appearance of precision and authority that is far from deserved." -- Fourth in a series of letters to my son as he began his high-school years.
"As you read the evolution chapters in your biology textbook, keep in mind the difference between interpretation and fact." Much of what's presented as fact is really an interpretation resting upon assumptions about what has been observed. Stay alert to that distinction. Also watch for generalizations and omitted details. -- Third in a series of letters to my son as he began his high-school years.