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Evolution

I often run into folks who have questions or misunderstandings about Evolution, so I've decided to write a series of articles to address these recurring ideas. Hopefully, this will be helpful! Today's commonly asked question: "I accept that animals can adapt and change, but how can they cross the species boundary? Dogs only give birth to dogs. Wolves only give birth to wolves. How does a fish become a lizard become a dog and eventually become a human?"

I often run into folks who have questions or misunderstandings about Evolution, so I've decided to write a series of articles to address these recurring ideas. Hopefully, this will be helpful! Today's commonly asked question:

How does DNA know what works and what doesn't? Where's the intelligence to make decisions?

Futurama Scene showing a long list of non-missing links.

Yesterday, I began a story about a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses in my living room. I finished yesterday's post after I scolded the gentleman for making the ridiculous claim that scientists don't believe in the Big Bang Theory anymore. /facepalm

He tried the First Cause argument. He tried dismissing the Big Bang Theory. It was time to pull out another awful argument. 

Evolution is a controversial topic among the religious-at-large, but it isn't among scientists (many of whom are religious). When I talk about Evolution to people who do not believe in it, I usually find that they don't actually understand the Theory of Evolution. So, I'd like to address a couple of misconceptions about Evolution and then talk about why I would like you to take some time to sincerely consider the case for it. There is some technical info below.

‎"If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that is completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need then. We need scientifically literate voters and tax payers for the future. We need engineers, we need people who can build stuff. Solve problems." -- Bill Nye, the Science Guy

This is one of my favorite quotes from my favorite author, Douglas Adams.

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