Understanding Evolution: your one-stop source for information on evolution

Looking for information on controversies in the public arena relating to evolution?

The Understanding Evolution website deals with the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time. However, in the United States, there has been controversy in the public arena relating to evolution. Since these controversies do not deal with the science of evolutionary biology, we do not extensively address them on our site. Nevertheless, many other websites do discuss the public controversy. The following list of frequently-asked questions provides links to websites that deal with this issue.

Why do/should our schools teach evolution?

The National Center for Science Education reviews the scientific, legal, and moral issues.
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What does the law say about teaching evolution in public schools?

The National Center for Science Education gives a general introduction to the topic.
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They also describe major court decisions relevant to this topic.
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What happened at the Dover Trial?

The National Center for Science Education describes the legal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover.
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What happened at the Scopes Monkey Trial?

CNN has a quick summary of the case.
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A University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law professor provides an extensive review of the Scopes trial, complete with historical documents.
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What statements do different religious groups make on evolution?

The National Center for Science Education has collected statements from many different denominations and groups.
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How have different scientific and educational groups responded to threats to evolution education?

The National Center for Science Education has collected statements from scientific and scholarly organizations.
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The National Center for Science Education has also collected statements from educational organizations.
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What is creationism?

The National Center for Science Education describes various forms of creationism.
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What is the intelligent design movement? Is it science?

We have a short brief on the intelligent design movement.
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ActionBioScience reprints an article from Natural History magazine that describes intelligent design and compares its claims to those of evolutionary biologists.
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The National Center for Science Education explains the intelligent design movement.
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What are some arguments made for teaching Creationism in schools and are these reasonable/legal?

The National Center for Science Education provides a primer on challenges facing evolution education.
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What objections do some anti-evolution groups raise to evolution and teaching evolution?

We have a quick review of commonly raised concerns and objections, as well as responses, and a list of misconceptions regarding evidence, implications, and religion.
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For an extensive list of objections and responses, select a topic from the index at TalkOrigins.
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What's going on with the evolution/creationism issue right now?

The National Center for Science Education tracks this issue across the United States.
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What issues are scientists currently debating in the field of evolution?

Scientists do not debate whether evolution took place (evidence supporting the theory of evolution is abundant); however, details of how evolution took place are hotly debated and investigated. Our Evolution 101 course reviews some issues that evolutionary biologists are debating.
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