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Evolution is Not an Obvious or Intuitive Concept

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Don't miss new Big Think videos! Subscribe by clicking here: Johnson: It was an amazing discovery that we're all related, but it was not obvious. It's not obvious that I'm related to a : One of the things that museums have been on the vanguard for for the last hundred years is the discussion, the public discussion of evolution and specifically the evolution of humans. And for literally since Darwin's time that was one of the great discoveries was that humans actually are descendants from other forms of animals and we are part of the tree of life. We're not separate from the tree of life. We are part of the tree of life. And we've watched the twentieth century this continuous addition of information to that narrative. And now we have with the genome, the Human Genome Project we have the ultimate tool for mapping our position in the rest of the tree of life. So it's sort of like in many ways the final nail in the building of understanding how we fit with the rest of the things that live on this think it's really important that people do understand that evolution is what makes biology makes sense. That's what makes all life make sense. So from the museum point of view it's always been a very important thing to show the actual evidence for evolution. So if you want to have a rational conversation about evolution and creationism -- and I have had many rational conversations with creationists who often feel that they haven't seen the evidence for evolution. And museums again are the most accessible portal for understanding science that we have. And museums by presenting dinosaur skeletons and exhibits about human evolution frame the evidence that we have, the three-dimensional evidence that we have for evolution. And I found that to be the most powerful way is to walk through an exhibit and say here are the elements of evolution manifest. Because frankly evolution is not an obvious or intuitive concept. It was an amazing discovery that we're all related but it was not obvious. It's not obvious that I'm related to a strawberry. But that's the story of by Jonathan Fowler and Dillon Fitton



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    editor-b January 25, 2014 11:07:01 PM CET

    Some fossilized questions for a transitional and healhty debate, for instance: is there evolution if there is no time? How will evolutionary biology meet new physical paradigms about time, space and so on? Will new conceptual changes deny evolution? Or on the contrary, will it become a more extraordinary process, full of astonishing implications? If so, will past human beings and the rest of living beings become something different as science progresses? After all, is life something fix-finite-defined? That is, can one understand it by means of using a flesh brain and its limited words? Does the whole of life fit inside a bone box? Indeed, will science add indefinitely without understanding completely, is there an infinite pool of ignorance waiting for us? Otherwise, will religions use the word God forever and ever, as if it were a death thing, a repetitive thing? Besides, do those who speak about God know something about it? And, in order to speak about God, are they using his limited brain or do they use unknown instruments? Along these lines, there is a different book, a preview in http://goo.gl/rfVqw6 Just another suggestion in order to freethink for a while



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