|Table of Contents
Compiled by Wendy Cunningham
|I.||Sites describing and/or supporting evolution|
|II.||Sites describing and/or promoting creationism|
|III.||Position statements by scientific and educational groups|
|V.||Keep Kansas out of your back yard: What you can do|
|VI.||The Kansas Decision and other recent creationism vs. evolution school debates|
|VIII.||Articles, essays, books, reports, and press releases|
|IX.||GSA members speak out at GSA's 1999 Annual Meeting|
|X.||Participate in the debate by teaching a class Past GSA Treasurer David Dunn provides a syllabus and annotated bibliography for his University of Texas at Dallas course Geology Refutes Creationism|
Evolution and Creationism
Sites describing and/or promoting evolution
The sites below provide you with the opportunity to learn more about physical and biological evolution as well as evolutionist answers to creationist claims. The site descriptions highlight the most interesting and/or relevant resources available at each site.
Evolution Directory, from actionbioscience.org of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Understanding Evolution, from the University of California at Berkeley, is designed to provide teachers with the fundamentals for teaching evolution. It covers the basic tenets — variation, inheritance, selection and time — and continues on to more detailed topics such as specific adaptation, classification and evidence. The site also includes dozens of lesson plans and activities for varying concepts in evolution.
The Talk.Origins Archive site offers an amazing amount of information in the form of full-text articles and commentary on the theory of evolution, creationism, the age of Earth, flood geology, catastrophism, and debating creationists. Many of the articles include critiques of creationist arguments. This site also contains links to other useful Web sites.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science maintains an Evolution Resources site (accessible through the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, & Religion, which provides educational resources, links to articles and Web sites on evolutionary theory, articles providing "commentary on the creationism vs. evolution controversy from scientific, religious and other organizations" (including discussions of the Kansas Decision), AAAS statements regarding the Kansas Decision, full-text court cases, and historical documents.
National Center for Science Education is " a nonprofit, tax-exempt membership organization working to defend the teaching of evolution against sectarian attack." Although navigating this site can be a little confusing, it provides information on creationism vs. evolution court cases, ways to support evolution education, and educational resources. Also available are links to other organizations as well as information on resources for sale by NCSE.
The National Academy of Science's Science and Creationism page offers the full text of court cases and books by Darwin, information on evolution, links to other sites, a list of useful books and videos, and NAS statements on science and creationism.
The Enter Evolution: Theory and History site is part of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley site. The Enter Evolution site provides several useful documents designed to improve understanding of biological evolution: a history of evolutionary thought, an introduction to phylogenetic systematics, a case study in convergent evolution, and extensive biographies of scientists who made important contributions in developing the theory of evolution.
The Kansas Citizens for Science site is a great source for information on the Kansas Decision. Other useful resources include the full-text document Science and Creationism: a View from the National Academy of Sciences, a recommended reading list, and on-line discussion forums.