Thursday, December 15, 2005

Evolution for Everyone

Evolution for Everyone: How to Increase Acceptance of, Interest in, and Knowledge about Evolution

Essay by David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson is with the Departments of
Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University,
Binghamton, New York, United States of America.

Wilson describes a single-semester college course, with no pre-requisites, designed to make evolution acceptable, interesting, and relevant to anyone, regardless of preconceptions. And much more happening to promote understanding of evolution at Binghamton University.

Citation: Wilson DS (2005). PLoS Biol 3(12): e364

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From the Introduction:

“There appear to be two walls of resistance [regarding evolution], one denying the theory altogether and the other denying its relevance to human affairs. This essay reports a success story, showing how both walls of resistance can be surmounted by a single college course, and even more, by a university-wide program. It is based on a campus-wide evolutionary studies program called EvoS

initiated at Binghamton University in 2002, which currently includes over 50 faculty members representing 15 departments.”

TonySeb: Wilson published his essay/report in the open-access journal, PLoS Biology, which allows unrestricted distribution of the article. Spread it around, especially to educators.


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