Why Evolution Is True

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Why should we believe Darwin's theory of evolution?

Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we will unlock the book Why Evolution is True. Let’s go back to December 20th, 2005. On that day, all Americans concerned about science and education focused their attention on a court in Harrisburg, held their breath and waited for the official decision on a case. It was battle concerning evolution and intelligent design. The decision of the federal judge John Jones III would come to determine how American students would learn about evolution. The case all began with a school management meeting in Dover, Pennsylvania. During the meeting, administrators had diverging views on the selection of the biology textbook for students. After the argument, an agreement was achieved which required biology teachers to read a statement to the ninth-grade students. The statement challenged the rationality of evolution, while the intelligent design was proposed as an acceptable alternative. This was done under the guise of encouraging students to keep an open-mind. Parents of the students were infuriated by the statement and came together to take the Dover Area School District to court. The trial lasted for six weeks until the judge, John Jones III, a devout Christian, announced the verdict. He claimed that intelligent design is not science, but a recycled form of creationism. The verdict underlined that it should not be taught in science classes, and thus the Constitution bans public schools from providing students religious instruction. Jones barely concealed his opinions in the verdict, calling the school board’s policy "breathtaking insanity." There's no doubt that his decision was a glorious victory for science, and wise people welcomed it. However, Coyne, the author of the book, is not too optimistic about it. He believes that this verdict is in fact not a decisive victory, and that more creationists will come out against evolution. No matter how much compelling evidence is found, the results of the annual sampling survey show that more than half Americans still do not believe evolution. No evidence could convince those who opposed Darwin's theory as it goes against their religious beliefs. After all, believing in a religion does not require reason. So why did Coyne write this book? The purpose is rooted in the fact that many people still have doubts concerning evolution. In contrast, others who believe evolution do not know how to defend it. Coyne considered it necessary to explain to them "why modern science recognizes evolution as true." Through plenty of compelling evidence, he wanted to show everyone the thrill brought by the sheer explanatory power of evolution, and let them face up to its connotations. It's his sense of historical mission that encouraged Jerry A. Coyne to finish writing this book. He is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, one of the world’s top experts in evolutionary genetics, and one of the most important public intellectuals in the field of evolution. He is also a regular writer for The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, and National Public Radio. Next, we will introduce the core content of this book in three parts: Part one: The battle of evolution and creationism. In this part, you will learn how the study on the origin of life shifted from mythology to science. Part two: Evolution is more than just a scientific theory; it's a fact. For more than a century after Darwin's death, scientists have obtained plenty of evidence to confirm this truism. Part three: The philosophical implications of evolution. In this part, we’ll talk about why the theory of evolution will not cause immoral behaviors, and even make those devoutly religious sincerely accept it.

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