Many textbooks surveyed contained what I would call “faux-critical thinking exercises,” where students are asked to investigate the evidence, but only in a one-sided fashion.
Unfortunately, as this review has made clear, biology textbooks have a long way to go. Parents, students and educators who seek accuracy and objectivity in evolution-education will have to continue to be a “royal pain in the fanny” of textbook publishers.
In the matter of this particular image, seeing humans caught in a transformative process like the one enacted by caterpillars and butterflies, Nabokov was scooped by Dante in the Divine Comedy.
Are quasicrystals an example of information arising from chemistry? What can we learn from Dr. Shechtman’s example?
It is important, in evaluating these arguments, that one consider all the evidence: not just the evidence that is consistent. It seems to me that when this is done, the arguments for common descent — certainly in its universal sense — are, at best, inconclusive.