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Evolution Presentation Need Help

Post by SouthernApe » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:44 pm

Hello Good Day.

I our country, in the Caribbean, especially among the Roman Catholic circle, which I'm part of, there has been the trend of some leaders, to talk out against evolution. However, being a former believer in creationism I know most of what they are saying is erroneous, or at the least, not the full story.

I want to enter the conversation...I want to help. I hate to see wrong information about any matter, being passed off as fact.

This is my plan:

My plan is to make a presentation of the different perspectives on Evolution, Creationism and Roman Catholic Theology (i.e. the approach Roman Catholic theology takes, towards evolution)

And, this is where I need your help. I'm not a scientist, but I've been studying the evolution/creationism debate for the past six years, and began studying it in great depth, for the past 2 years or so. I'm pretty comfortable with the theory, and I know what its claims are.

However, since this will be a formal presentation, I would like some tips as how to present evolution, to people who are not majors in science, in such a way, that they get a through understanding of what the theory truly claims:

So, far, I've done a draft, here it is:

Biological Evolution

1) Explain the nature of the scientific method. Its limits and its goals.

2) a) A concise but through presentation of the history of life. This is very important as it gives listeners the scope of things pertaining to time, common ancestry etc. Real pictures of fossils and artists impersonation of geological times are important.

b) Summarize scientists’ findings from observable natural history. Simple to complex, species today are not all accounted for in the fossil record, etc.

3) Introduce the theory of evolution. (what evolution the TOE accounts for, what it tries to do (explain the natural history previously presented). Then explain what a theory is, in the context of science.

4) Summarize the theory as follows:

Life on earth evolved gradually beginning with one primitive species – perhaps a self-replicating molecule – that lived more than 3.5 billion years ago; it then branched out over time, throwing off many new and diverse species; and the mechanism for most (but not all) of evolutionary change is natural selection.

Divide the theory and explain each part in short

a) Evolution (change of gene frequency of a population)

b) Gradualism (changes taking place over many generations)

c) 1) Speciation (whereby new species split off from existing lineages)

2) Common ancestry (the common ancestry of different species, since new species, which can be thought of as twigs on the developing branches of life, can be traced back to a common branch, and ultimately to an original ancestor;)

d) Natural selection ( The mechanism whereby different combinations of genes are reproduced more successfully than others as a result of the different abilities of individual organisms to survive and reproduce in a shared environment;

5) Under evidences, we will look at the predictions made by evolution and see how the evidence fits it.

1) Fossil evidence
a) Transitional forms

2) Homologies
a) Homologous anatomy
b) Results of comparative anatomy
c) Developmental homology, embryos etc.
d) Cellular homologies

3) Bio-geography, spread of animals

4) Nested Hierarchy

6) Summarize findings and field questions.

Is this too elaborate for people with no understanding of science? I plan to go to the lecturers of biology on our University Faculty, and get their advice also, and, to let them go through my presentation to ensure that the information presented is accurate.

I'm a theology student of 6 years and right now I'm doing my B.A. in Theology. And, I plan to go to the doctorate level. Therefore, the other parts, of the presentation, are pretty much taken care of!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Post by JackBean » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:26 am

too bad. I was interested in what you have for the other parts...

anyway, how long should be your presentation? Only what you listed here seems quite long.

All this can be presented at advanced scientific level or very basically, it depends only on you, how much technical will you be ;)

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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Post by Slipshod » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:00 pm

Do the Roman Catholics in your country ignore the Pope? It has already been stated by the Catholic church that they have no problem with the Theory of Evolution.
A belief that is held in carefully nurtured ignorance of the alternative is hardly a belief to be taken seriously. -Richard Dawkins

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Post by SouthernApe » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:40 pm

Hey, thank you for you replies.

Yes it does seem quite long. I don't want to come across as too technical, but at the same time, I want to give them a through bur succinct explanation of what the theory truly says.

However, the people that will interested in it, are those that don't much reading, so the concept of a gene may seem daunting. However, I'm expecting university students to attend, because it is that group, that will have the most pertinent questions.

The presentation is not particularly about trying to show the veracity of the evolutionary theory, although some evidence for the theory will be presented. The presentation is designed just to give a proper explanation of the theory, leaving them to decide on its veracity.

Remember, the title of the presentation is "Perspectives on ..." So, the goal is to explain what each perspective is, and let the listener decide in their own mind, and then study further, if they want.

However, I want to ensure that each topic is presented accurately.

Actually, I'm dealing mostly with fundamentalist Catholics who don't care much for the Pope, only their private interpretation of Genesis.

Also, there are alot of misinformation concerning evolution One Priest in particular teaches his youths all sorts of non sense about evolution. I sat in 3 of his presentations and even believed some of what he said, until I launched my own private research, and realized that he is talking, well, garbage.

So, yes, there is a disdain for the word of the Pope and good information

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