A Short Quiz on Evolution

True or False?

1. Evolution says that the universe began with the Big Bang.

2. Evolution says that the universe is over 13 billion years old.

3. Evolution says that the earth is 4.55 billion years old.

4. Evolution tries to explain the origin of life.

5. Evolution says that there is no God.

6. Evolution is (only) a theory, not a fact.

7. Evolution says that humans came from apes.

8. Evolution is a random, chance process.

9. Evolution says that organisms are getting better and better.

10. There is no evidence for evolution.

Answers:

1. Evolution says that the universe began with the Big Bang.
False.  The origin of the universe falls under cosmogony, not evolution.

2. Evolution says that the universe is over 13 billion years old.
False. Evolution makes no claim on the age of the universe.

3. Evolution says that the earth is 4.55 billion years old.
False. Evolution makes no claim on the age of the earth.

4. Evolution tries to explain the origin of life.
False. Evolution explains how life evolved after it appeared. The origin of life falls under abiogenesis.

5. Evolution says that there is no God.
False. Evolution makes no claim about the existence (or non-existence) of a Deity. More here.

6. Evolution is (only) a theory, not a fact.
False.  Evolution is both a theory and a fact. In science, a theory is a framework of explanations.  The Theory of Evolution is the explanation of how evolution happens.

7. Evolution says that humans came from apes.
False. Evolution says that modern apes and humans share a common ancestor.

8. Evolution is a random, chance process.
False. Evolution is fundamentally not a chance process.

9. Evolution says that organisms are getting better and better.
False. Evolution makes no claim regarding ‘progress’.

10. There is no evidence for evolution.
False. There is evidence for common descent.

In short, ALL the statements are false.

How did you fare?

Here is a list of useful websites to learn more about what evolution and some of the claims that Creationists make:

If one does not accept evolutionary theory, it is important to ensure that one is truly opposing what the theory actually says and not a misconception.

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Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012, in Evolution, Misconceptions. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “If one does not accept evolutionary theory, that is a noble position to take.”

    You had me ’till there. You had me ’till there.

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  2. Okay, okay, it was late and I wanted to get it posted. I didn’t even categorise or tag the post properly.

    I was thinking of something Dr Denis Alexander wrote:

    “If people wish to challenge a theory, then that is an excellent and honourable path to follow in the best of scientific traditions. But there are well-established ways of carrying out a scientific critique and these involve the tough course of becoming a member of the scientific research community, and then finding and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals that may challenge a particular theory. That is how theory testing is done and it is the only way that will win the respect of the scientific community. Public votes, popular articles, political pressures, campaigns or even sermons by famous preachers will have no effect on scientific opinion because that is not how science is done. So really serious objections to evolution, if there are any, have to be presented the tough but proper way, by publication of solid results in reputable journals.”

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