By most accounts Charles Darwin was a fine scientist, despite the fact that he dropped out of medical school in favor of a degree in theology from Cambridge University prior to his famous voyage aboard the H.M.S Beagle.  Today, nearly 150 years after Darwin published his controversial Origin Of Species, there are very few people on the street that can actually explain the basic components of Darwinian theory in any acceptable detail.  There are fewer still who know that Charles Darwin was educated as a theologian, but practiced capable science.

I do not include this bit of trivia about Darwin’s education to imply that he, as a trained theologian, was unable to observe and test the physical world around him.  I write it to illustrate the fact that ordinary people living in ordinary lives are all capable of practicing varied levels and depths of what we call science.

Webster’s Dictionary.com describes science this way:

1. a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences.
2. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.
3. any of the branches of natural or physical science.
4. systematized knowledge in general.
5. knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study.
6. a particular branch of knowledge.
7. skill, esp. reflecting a precise application of facts or principles; proficiency.

Origin: 1300–50; ME < MF < L scientia knowledge, equiv. to scient- (s. of sci?ns), prp. of sc?re to know + -ia -ia

The word science literally means “to know” and Charles Darwin like many before him wanted to know things about the world around him.  He explored, and he pondered.  He hypothesized and he wrote about things observed and concepts that remained out of his grasp and unobserved.  His truth claim about how life and its incredible diversity came to be is what this site is all about.

For most people, evolution is taught in public schools and universities as an over-arching naturalistic paradigm demanding billions of years, small, incremental changes, and a single-celled ancestral “parent.”  It is put forth as undisputed fact before we even reach grade school.

KnowEvolution is a project that will attempt to explore the many facets and nuances of evolution theory.  Parts of basic evolution theory (small-scale natural selection) are well-documented and observed.   But the real meat of evolution theory is still widely contested, and remains completely unobserved.  What the average person on the street cannot say with certainty is the actual limits of evolution.   What is this chance-driven process really capable of?  Where does it end?  Exactly how many morphological changes took place between the proposed land dwelling mammal, and the Blue Whale?  Mainstream academia and the media often make it sound as though evolution knows no limits.  They blur the lines between speculation and actual observation as they seek to inform young minds within a specific philosophical framework.

KnowEvolution will explore and showcase the stories and topics that often stay hidden within speculative flourishes, or avoided altogether in the class room.

I welcome you and encourage you to get to Know Evolution.

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