5. Popular Misconceptions About Evolution

OK, so now we know a little bit more about what evolution theory says. But we also need to know about what evolution does not say, especially since evolution may be the single most widely misrepresented idea in all of science. In debating, these kinds of misrepresentations are known as the "strawman fallacy", or more popularly, "putting words in your mouth". Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about what evolution theory says:

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to pretend that evolution theory is something that it is not. Hopefully, you won't fall for one of them.


  1. Taken from their website's "Creation Scientists" link as of 2007/03/05
  2. Taken from their website's "Project Steve" link as of 2007/03/05
  3. Evolution: Single-gene speciation by left-right reversal, Rei Ueshima and Takahiro Asami, Nature 425, 679 (16 October 2003)

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