The Incompatibility Hypothesis: Evolution vs Supernatural Causation

The Incompatibility Hypothesis: Evolution vs. Supernatural Causation, by Paz-y-Miño-C & Espinosa “Like the oil vs. water experiment, evolution and supernatural causation don’t mix. Evolution raises to the surface…” Supernatural causation (i.e. the belief in a Supreme Being, creator and sustainer of the universe, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient) is a cultural pollutant, incompatible with empirical reality. “Belief” disrupts, distorts, delays and/or […]

Unforgettable Galapagos, a Summit, and Why Evolution Matters

Unforgettable Galapagos, a Summit, and Why Evolution Matters By Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C. Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Evolution Literacy © 2013      There is no place on Earth like the Galapagos Islands and no better destination to discuss the reality of evolution. Charles Darwin visited this volcanic archipelago in 1835; the rest is 180 years of […]

TEN TIPS ABOUT: How university professors can contribute to strengthen evolution literacy

By Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. & Avelina Espinosa — © 2011 Excerpts from “New England Faculty and College Students Differ in Their Views  About Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Religiosity” published in Evolution Education and Outreach (1) By being proactive rather than reactive in confronting the “anti-evolution wars.” It is imperative that the university professors reach […]

Acceptance of evolution by Biology Majors at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is one the highest in the United States

What is an effective way of communicating evolutionary principles to students? By Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. — © 2011 Comprehensively: (i) discuss the reality of evolution explicitly and directly, (ii) teach human evolution and place humans within the Apes, as primates, as animals, (iii) explain why the fossil record is discontinuous and incomplete, (iv) connect forensics, […]

THE “JACKPROT” SIMULATION

The Jackprot is a didactic slot machine simulation that illustrates  how mutation rate coupled with natural selection  can interact to generate highly specialized proteins. Conceptualized by Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Avelina Espinosa (Roger Williams University) and Chunyan Y. Bai (Roger Williams University), the Jackprot uses simplified slot-machine probability principles to demonstrate how mutation rate […]

RESEARCH ARTICLES on Acceptance of Evolution

“New England Faculty and College Students Differ in Their Views About Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design and Religiosity“NEW just published (online access) in Evolution Education and Outreach, December 18th 2010 [PDF] Figure 1. Percentage of New England faculty (Fac) versus college students from public secular (Pub), private secular (Priv) and religious (Rel) institutions who think evolution […]