On April 6 and April 13, 2006, Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Shawnee Mission, Kansas and Kansas Citizens for Science co-sponsored a short course, “Evolution 101: Understanding Evolution for the Layperson”, presented by KCFS president Jack Krebs.
Jack’s main goal was to increase the public’s understanding of evolution: what is evolution, how did it happen, and how do we know? Jack also discussed the misconception that science in general, and evolution in particular, is atheistic, stressing that the theory of evolution is fully compatible with the religious beliefs of many Christians and members of other faiths.
Below are resources for the course, including websites used as resources for the course, Powerpoint slides and audio files of the presentations, other useful links, and news stories about the course.
Main website resources
The Understanding Evolution website at the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Talkorigins, Exploring the Evolution/Creation Controversy
Class 1: The Nature of Science and the Core Concepts of Evolution
The Powerpoint Presentation for class 1, April 6, 2006
Audio files of Class 1, in mp3 format
Class 2: Types of Evidence for Evolution, and Common Misconceptions
The Powerpoint Presentation for class 2, April 13, 2006
Audio files of Class 2, in mp3 format
The Recommended Science Standards, by 21 out of 25 of the original Kansas Science Standards Writing Committee, with an explanation and selected excerpts on the Nature of Science and on Evolution
Dale Trott’s Introduction, April 6
Article: “The Historical Sciences are Testable”, by Keith Miller
A geologic and life timeline, from the San Diego Museum of Natural History
An interactive timeline of life, from Nova
The KCFS announcement for the course.
Harris News Service story on the course
These are rough: unedited, patched from two different sources, and amplified in places where the speaker was not close to the microphone. You might want to download the PowerPoint Presentation for class 1 and look at the slides as you listen.
These are rough: unedited and amplified in places where the speaker was not close to the microphone. You might want to download the PowerPoint Presentation for class 2 and look at the slides as you listen.