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 ReviewsResponse 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 IntroductionThe 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 DescentFossil Succession
Malcolm Gordon and the Origin of Tetrapods
Anatomical Homology and Circular Definitions
Reply to NCSE on Universal Genetic Code
Molecular Phylogeny and Phylogenetic Trees
Monophyly vs. Polyphyly and Christian Schwabe
Haeckel, Darwin, and Textbooks
The NCSE's Biogeographic Conundrums: A Defense of Explore Evolution's Treatment of Biogeography
The Creative Power of Natural SelectionResponse 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 StudiesNatural Selection as Survival of the Fittest
What Fossils Can't Tell You