We invite scientists and educators to take part in the ongoing discussion about the scientific issues raised in Explore Evolution. If you would like to submit scientific comments or critiques about Explore Evolution, please send them in. We will review them and address them on these pages. For some particularly relevant comments or critiques, we will ask the author’s permission to publish their response, so please include your name, address, e-mail address and phone number with your submission to: furtherdebate@exploreevolution.com
Ongoing Debate
Ongoing Debate

One way scientists have advanced the frontiers of human knowledge is through spirited, yet civil, debate about the meaning of publicly accessible evidence. Scientists often debate how best to interpret the available evidence. Controversy in science is nothing new. It’s not a distraction; it’s normal. Explore Evolution is part of the continuing debate over Neo-Darwinism. On this page, the authors of Explore Evolution along with other scientists continue the discussion by responding to questions, comments, and critiques related to issues covered by the textbook. Responses are organized in two ways: by major review, and by book section/topic.

Responses to Major Reviews

Response to the National Center for Science Education's Review of Explore Evolution
Response to Brian Metscher's Book Review in Evolution & Development
The Catechism Versus the Data: A Reply to John Timmer's Review of Explore Evolution

Responses Organized by Book Section/Topic

Preface and Introduction

The Creationism Gambit
Evolution and Testability
The "Fact" of Evolution
The Definitions of "Evolution"
When Did "Neo-Darwinism" Become a Dirty Word?
A Mis-Aimed Critique of Inquiry Based Learning
Double Standard on Textbook Treatments of Evolution

Universal Common Descent

Fossil Succession
Malcolm Gordon and the Origin of Tetrapods

Anatomical Homology
Anatomical Homology and Circular Definitions

Molecular Homology
Reply to NCSE on Universal Genetic Code
Molecular Phylogeny and Phylogenetic Trees
Monophyly vs. Polyphyly and Christian Schwabe

Embryology
Genetic Toolkits
Haeckel, Darwin, and Textbooks

Biogeography
The NCSE's Biogeographic Conundrums: A Defense of Explore Evolution's Treatment of Biogeography

The Creative Power of Natural Selection

Response to the NCSE's Reply to Explore Evolution on Natural Selection
Misrepresenting the Galapagos Finches
Fact and Fiction about the Peppered Moth
Antibiotic Resistance Revisited

A New Challenge: Molecular "Machines"

Special Studies

Natural Selection as Survival of the Fittest

What Fossils Can't Tell You

Conclusion: The Nature of Dissent in Science


For Discussion on the Debate