Friday, January 21, 2005

Evolution -- Creation Course.

The following was posted on EcoLog and EvolDir:
Dear friend,

Do you know about a good discussion list on evolutionary
biology ? I interested in a list to discuss the evolutionary
mechanisms, the history of evolutuionary biology, creation
versus evolution and also about teaching material !

Also, I am interested in real articles (not websites)
discussing the creation X evolution debate! I need real
published material to use with my students.

Could you help me plase ?

Thanks !!


Grupo de Estudos em Ecologia de Mamiferos (ECOMAM)
Universidade de Taubate - Departamento de Biologia
Taubate, SP. 12030-010.

CurrĂ­culo Lattes:

I replied to him with the following email:
If you are looking for an evolutionary biology listserve similar to Ecolog, check out EvolDir.

The Panda's Thumb is an online discussion of the evolution/creationism issue -- I know you don't want websites, but the links and articles on The Panda's Thumb are an excellent resource.

As for published material, you'd be hard pressed to find such discussion in research journals since there is no real debate amongst evolutionary biologists. I can think of a couple of pseudo-articles that may be of interest to you. First, there is this "article" which, though not published in a peer review journal, is written in a manner similar to a critical review article. It is a rebuttal to the Intelligent Design article (Meyer S. 2004. The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories. Proc Bio. Soc. Wash. 117(2):213-239) that caused a bit of a stir due to its illegitimacy as a primary research article. There were a couple of comments on that in Nature (431, 114 & 431, 897)

As I mentioned earlier, there is no serious debate amongst biologists regarding evolution and creationism, so there is very little published material in scientific journals on the topic. Of course, there is plenty of news coverage and legal work on the subject if that's what you're interested in.

Other websites that may interest you:

Hopefully this is of some assistance,
I would encourage anyone who can add anything else to email him.


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