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Submission + - Correcting misperceptions about evolution (arstechnica.com) 2

Beagle writes: The science of evolution is often misunderstood by the public and a session at the recent AAAS meeting in Boston covered three frequently misapprehended topics in evolutionary history, the Cambrian explosion, origin of tetrapods, and evolution of human ancestors, as well as the origin of life. The final speaker, Martin Storksdieck of the Institute for Learning Innovation, covered how to communicate the data to a public that 'has such a hard time accepting what science is discovering.' His view: 'while most of the attention has focused on childhood education, we really should be going after the parents. Everyone is a lifelong learner, Storksdieck said, but once people leave school, that learning becomes a voluntary matter that's largely driven by individual taste.'
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Correcting misperceptions about evolution

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  • That seems like one hell of a symposium, and quite an in-depth article, biology/evolution wise for ars.
    Two things I got most out of it were the fact that the public needs to realize that evolution is all about transitions, not abrupt changes, such as the humans came from monkeys claim.

    In Daeschler's view, all of these animals, on both sides of the former gaps, are tetrapods. Some have limbs, some have fins, but they're clearly all part of a boundary- and gap-less transition.

    Just because you can't see thi

  • ...covered three frequently misapprehended topics in evolutionary history, the Cambrian explosion, origin of tetrapods, and evolution of human ancestors, as well as the origin of life.

    That's 4 things, not 3. Perhaps you meant this:

    ...covered three frequently misapprehended topics in evolutionary history: the Cambrian explosion, origin of tetrapods, and evolution of human ancestors; as well as the origin of life

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