Reviews For Evolution 101

I wish everybody would take the time to educate themselves on evolution instead of scoffing it away because of indoctrination at their churches. Great podcast, very informative and fun to listen to.
Great and comprehensive quick primer for evolutionary theory. The intent is framed around providing counter-arguments to creationists, and this shows through and can be a bit frusterating at times, but since it is a general interest podcast, this makes sense. The average person seeking out a podcast on evolution is probably doing so in order to better argue with family and friends about whether or not evolution is "real".
A solid thorough approach to a subject that is so oversimplified in primary education courses. Thank You!
Such a great podcast. Very informational, so far everything I've heard has been supported with solid evidence. Those of you fighting the fight, keep in mind those that blind themselves so much with fundamentalist nonsense are just as blind to the logical arguments you present. It's a fight worth fighting but don't let it burn you, some people you just can't enlighten
They can't handle the truth. Evolution. It happened. It's not a "theory" the way that you define theory. Get some basic eduction and stop living in ignorance. Saving that, please don't comment and rate what you don't understand. God is in your mind and thus rather irrelevant in a reality-based world. The only relevance god has is that which people bestow upon him/her/it--unlike scientific theories such gravity. Try not believing in gravity and see where it gets you. Anyway, great podcast.
Why can'y we all just get along and become theistic evolutionists?
"But we know it happened" Really? This is your conclusion?
Well done. This pod-cast is a must listen for everyone. There are some things that every human simply just need to know. This podcast topic is one of them and Zachary does an excellent job of explaining it and answering questions.
Why are we having such trouble OVERCOMING unbelief? btw: scientists have concluded that we did NOT come from monkeys.
Hahaha...I only found this podcast by following a very negative review of a Bill Hicks album. Well, not really a review; all it consisted of was the title: "Has Bill Hicks ever read the Bible?" and then a cut and paste of a few chapters from "The Good Book", this peaked my curiosity, so I clicked on the users name "AndrewAll-Star"....(yeah, seriously), and found that all of his negative reviews were all things that I liked!! So, Christians ARE good for something!! Find out what they hate and it will probably be worth a look. P.S. the podcast is great, too!!
"Well you can't disprove God, and I believe a giant flood, man came from dust, God says so, and evolution is JUST a theory and.." blah blah blah blah. I applaud this man and his hard work for these podcasts. 5 stars deluded theists!!!
Please continue to post these well-intended, highly academic podcasts. Thank you
Love the podcast. Thank-you for doing the podcast. Please work on making the sound quality better. I was excited to listen to the podcast on stem cells but the sound quality is very poor. Is there anything you can do to make it better? Thanks again
I have been very impressed with this podcast. Zachary Moore does an excellent job preparing material that is imformative and thorough. I was especially impressed by his review of molecular biology. I guess this is to be expected since that is his field of specialty but still it was very effective. His explanation of the Theory of Evolution as a "conceptual framework" was very compelling. I personally see evolution as the backbone of the entire field of biology. Anyone who wants a better understanding of evolution and biology as a whole will love this podcast.
Zach does a fantastic job of covering some of the very technical support for evolution in a way that is possible for the layman to understand (though it still gets technical).
I hope this set of podcasts remains available for a very long time, even though it is no longer being updated. My husband recommended this podcast, and I heard Dr. Zach on the Skeptics Guide. Over the past couple of months, I have listened to one of the episodes daily. Some of the information I knew as a chemist, but other aspects of evolution were a good review or new information for me. Dr. Zach does have a tendency to creationist/ID-bash. Rebuking common arguments from creationists/IDers is a main impetus for this podcast, so it is to be expected. However, every so often he made me cringe, and I have no tolerance for creationism/ID. The presentation is just Dr. Zach speaking, but I rarely found it boring. It seemed as if you were having a small group lecture and could ask a question at any time. Overall, there is a lot of information to be learned from this series. I highly suggest it to people who doubt evolution and to people who accept evolutionary theory in science.
Listening to this podcast has helped my understanding of evolution from a scientific point of view instead of the half truths preached from both sides. Thanks Dr. Zach.
Very educational podcast, very detailed. Highly recommend it.
This is the best evolution podcast I have ever heard. You take it point by point and try to cover all the bases. I just found out about you from SGU and I couldn't be happier. I have just about listened to all your podcast to date, but I fear I will run out in just a day or two. That is the only thing that bugs me, that I will have to wait every week to get my next podcast from you. They say good things come with time and your podcast is worth the wait. Just, bugs me that I have to wait. Thanks for your great work and when I get back on my feet, I would love to help out with a little cash donation. Keep it up and remember, you have lots of fans and you help critical thinking more than you could ever know. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One of the very best science podcasts, this one works well in its minimal style - it's just Dr. Moore talking, but he does it well. He's articulate, clear, passionate without being hysterical, and is great to listen to. Best of all, the podcasts are short encapsulations of one well-explored topic. Kudos, and keep up the great work.
...And for good reason - those are not scientific questions. To follow up on Nicki's post, which was well thought out but misguided, since that post presents typical pro-forma arguments of creationists: "The numbers work against life just happening and evolution can't fight the numbers!" > Evolutionary Theory makes no comment on the origins of life. God the creator may well have initiated life. That life evolved over billions of years to its present state is as not in dispute within science. "The fact that many evolutionists use microevolution to refute creationism..." > Science makes no attempt to refute creationism (it is religion that perpetually tries to refute science). Religious faith and mythology are outside the scope of science. See "Last Thursdayism" - which may in fact be true but it is not science and not appropriate for scientific inquiry. You either "believe it" or you don't, end of inquiry. A "Creation Science" class (talk about a non-sequitur) would be about 5 minutes long - here's your Bible. Read it, believe it. Any questions, see Bible. Class dismissed. The ultimate lesson in tautology. "many people cannot "hear" the scientific evidence for creation" > The reason it cannot be heard is it does not exist. Please, let's at least agree on that! Whether Creation happened or not, it is not science and there is certainly no "scientific evidence" for it. --- The debate between science and religion is quite odd. Creationists perpetually bash and pick at science like some insecure sibling, while science just moves forward doing its best to understand our world in an evidence based manner. Creationists, biblical “literalists” (young-earthers), fundamentalist Christians, ID’ers and the like – all these groups have, throughout history, repeatedly modified their view of the world based on advancements in scientific knowledge. The converse is not true - science does not modify its theories based on religious criteria. > If creationists would stick to religion the way scientists stick to science, the "debate" would be quelled. The existence of God the Christian Creator is not at odds with Science. Creationists need to stop bashing science and stop trying to validate their beliefs in scientific terms. It simply does not work. That's why its called "faith".
Dr Moore is so generous with his knowledge, and has an incredible ability to convey that to the public. For that, I thank him.
Great Podcast!!! Very informative, scientific and to the facts. As for the discontents, mainly Niki..., a few quick responses while trying not to waste too much time on your nonsensical babble. 1. You need to really study evolution, because by your own points you obviously don't understand the basics. 2. Your citations are extremely out of date and the intermediate evidence has further confirmed evolution as sound science and factual. 3. Scientifically, there is no such thing as Micro or Macro evolution. "This ain't econ, boy!" There is no place where adaptation in small steps is micro and turns into macro, its a continual progression of small steps all the way leading on through natural history. We just pick points to illustrate the path, which we call links. You don't need every foot step to see someone’s journey. 4. Religious Bias argument is not ad hominem, though not a good argument. Calling into question a persons ideological basis is a legit argument, though not the best of argument, and is not really a personal attack coming under ad hominem. 5. "Macro-evolution is not scientific". First, note 3 above. Second, you need to redefine scientific since your def is rather misleading. Note this dictionary definition of the scientific method by which something becomes scientific: "principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses" NOTE: You don't need to repeat the occurrence, or "repeat evolution", you just need to make the hypothesis, develop tests and data observations and experiments that are repeatable and falsifiable, and do them and get the results. (then peer review etc.) 6. There is no way to debate creationists on equal terms since A: creationism is not scientific (refer to the note in #5 above) B: Creationism exists only in the negative (evolution denial) and tries to point out small aspects not yet fully known while remaining ignorant of the science as a whole. (This would be like denying Galileo's proof of the Earth orbiting the Sun since his orbital path calculations where incorrect [he believe them to be spherical].) 7. "Missing Links" blah blah blah. Interesting word play, BUT, despite your illogical wordplay, it remains true that the growing number of fossils fit the models set based on evolution, there really isn't any speculation at issue. Thus it is "Proof" and the interchangeability argument really doesn't make sense as neither of your terms are defined or examples given. 8. Ok, your flawed, we are all flawed, but more importantly, YOUR ARGUMENT IS LOGICALLY AND EVIDENTIALLY FLAWED, thus why any reasonable individual cannot accept it. 9. Ok, Genesis is not scientific, creationism is not scientific, and if you can give us a hypothesis, an experiment to test aspects of creationism it will never be. Things not proven by evolution, nor things shown not explained under our understanding of evolution thus far doesn't prove creationism. When people didn't understand the causes of rain, it didn't mean it was god. Now we understand the forces and natural laws behind rain, then we didn't. There is no scientific evidence for creationism, just evidence of hypotheses we need to rethink, and whose negation proves the existence of god/creationism as much as it proves Santa and the Teapot God of Russell. 10. Biochemistry..... just read any critique on Behe, and the recent evidence and studies confirming Biochemical evolution. Just do a Google scholar search. 11. As for probability, one side note..... TAKE AN EVOLUTION CLASS OR LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!!!!! There is not blind probability in evolution, since it is shaped and acted upon by natural laws and forces (natural selection). It is being shaped and manipulated by these laws, and is not left to "chance" which is measured in probability. Perhaps the chance of an elephant occurring may be 1/billion, but the chance of something elephant like occurring through evolution is 100%. The chance of you winning the lottery is low, but the chance of someone winning is 100%. This is often hard for some people to get there mind around. Think of it this way, out of all the directions for a rock to go when I drop it in a vacuum (lets say 360* of angle so each degree, so 360 options for the sake of argument) the chance of it going at that one degree straight toward the ground is 1/360. But when there is a natural force involved affecting it, the probability is meaningless and pointless since it is misleading and false since the chance of it going that direction is not 1/360 but 1/1 (100%). Once evolution is active, there is no probability since the progression is governed by laws. Not to say evolution is 100% correct, but simply you argument is not applicable to the theory. You are thinking of spontaneous life from non-life which is probability, and that is not part of evolution . In summary, take a college bio class or something, and listen. Science doesn't prove the bible, nor will it ever. You need a history class for that, and that has shown it to be non-historical. Such overt statements of nonsense, completely unjustified seem to prove ignorance more than anything else. There is no HARD DATA for Christianity, nor are you able to put any forth. Please keep your religion out of science and we will let you continue in your ignorance. But please don't pretend that because you read some crack job vague watered down overview by Gish and Behe that you really know anything on the subject. Last thought.... let's follow your logic. Things are complex, and therefore this proves they are created by a designor who is more complex in order to create them. Wouldn't it follow with that logic that we need a more more complex designor to create the designor? Your logic is circular... ie. doesn't prove anything.
An excellent and well-organized primer to evolutionary theory, and a resource for some often asked tough questions. Creationists and doubters: email Dr. Moore your question, and if it hasn't been addressed in an earlier podcast, he'll more than likely answer it for you. paz

5/5

By ru8up
a whole lot of learning crammed into small understandable segments thank you zachary moore
As an evangelical Christian, I am enjoying this series very much. I don't think that Science and Christianity are mutually exclusive and, as a former atheist, I appreciate the value of a questioning mind. That being said, I have to say that the author's lack of personal conviction as an atheist surprised me. Atheist is a MUCH stronger word than "agnostic" and I just listened to one of his podcasts and heard him identify himself as "proud atheist"... but when I did some searching for debates he has engaged in, I found this quote pulled from a transcription: Gene: So, do you reject the concept of a God altogether, now? Zach: See, that’s a tough one. It’s nearly impossible to reject the concept of “a God,” in sort of like a theist sense, but then it’s also impossible to reject the concept of any god, or at least disprove them. I hesitate to characterize myself as an atheist, because, certainly you would object to me calling you an atheist because you don’t believe in Vishnu. I don’t think that the god of the Bible exists- I don’t know that to be 100% fact, but I think it’s probably- at least, by my- by the things that I have concluded, by my own reasoning. I don’t think… I don’t want to say that, “No, he doesn’t exist,” but I say, “I don’t think he exists.” It's nice to see that you're still open to the fact that creation IS a possibility, despite the desire of many to quash it as a proven farse. The beauty of true science is that it allows for new discovery! Keep 'em coming!
It's been 20+ years since I studied evolutionary theory/fact in high school biology, and this podcast is a wonderful, no excellent re-introduction to the topic. Keep up the great work, Zach!
Dr. Zach makes complex biological theories understandable to the non-scientist. I have been listening to several per day from the beginning to catch me up to the most current. As to the religious types: just becuse you believe in some vague god does not mean it is true. I, for one, do not want or need the comfort provided by self-delusion. And, opinons are NOT facts.
Dr. Zach displays the evidence in simple terms just about anyone can understand. I recommend listening to all the podcasts he has available before making your arguments because he has probably already addressed your issue. Keep up the amazing work. Thank you.
Despite believing the so-called God is simply the universe and its intrinsic energy, evolution being part of it all could not have been better described and glibly expounded by Zachary. He intelligently elucidates all the obscurities about Evolution and its pertinent fields, with such a clarity and open-mindedness, I'm really thrilled about. Hope he can continue with his wonderful podcasts. We really need a breath of fresh air in the midst of this noxious and obtuse religion-oriented world of ours. Keep up the good work, Zach!
An excellent primer for biological evolution.
I can't say enough about this podcast.
What this podcast really suffers from is Dr. Zach's insufferable personality.
This is a nice summary of current evolutionary standing.. It should be a thought provoking exercise for those who belive evolution is still a theory. As a former church elder I encourage all to listen and to evaluate critically. ' Ware the logical fallicacies (on all fronts) that have been presented to you. Keep up the good work, Dr Moore.

5/5

I'm gald that there is a podcast out that explains to christians that one they have no proof of god two I would like to add that if you need a "eye" to watch on you so you do good then you are evil in the greatest sense. Listen to Penn Radio. Also most of the outside world is not christian
Underneath Zachs arguement lies the foundational belief: The designer 'designed' the design to indicate this is no designer. I could catch a strong quiver in Zachs voice when he said the designer created the design to indicate there is no designer.... Hope for his sake, he tests this pet hypothesis, because logically, it really makes no sense. Really what he should say to himself if he is rigorously honest is: At times, but not always, there seems to be a randomness to the design of molecules so that the molecular homology doesn't parallel with the physical homology. Otherwise, if you need to have your evolutionary bone for the day, you'll enjoy this podcast.
The title is an understatement. Dr. Zach explains things in a clear, calm and easily understood manner that even an ape could understand. He makes the topic interesting and accessible to even a non-scientist like me. My only criticism is that sometimes when responding to the reactionary creationist letters, he doesn't hide his feelings about the person's intellect. Those who are ID believers may find his tone inflammatory. Personally, I think it's hilarious. It shows his passion! My request to Dr. Zach would be to stop reading these emails that are basically arguments you've already covered in other podcasts! Otherwise, Dr. Zach is awesome. I heart him.

5/5

By Turix
This podcast is amazing and accurate. It not only helped me in my molecular Biology class, but entertained on how Dr. Moore answers questions.
As an Electrical Engineer, I did not have the opportunity to study Biological sciences as in depth as I would have liked. Dr. Zach presents bite-sized packets of Biological information in an organized and informative manner. I started a little later in this series, but I have since gone through all of the podcasts and have found all of them fascinating. Thank you Dr. Zach!!!!! Keep up the great work!
I'm an Engineer and I like how Dr. Zach has condensed the material into something I (not an expert in the biological sciences) can appreciate. I wish there were notes to go with his discussion because I sometimes had trouble keeping up with the Molecular Biology while weaving through traffic. But for the most part I could follow along and I learned alot. Don't pay attention to the Luddites down below who think if they deny the material long enough it will just go away.
It doesn't matter if you accept the facts of evolution or not, this is a well-done podcast. It presents data and the most logical interpretations of that data. The podcast tries tell you how the data does not support the idea's of ID. Yes the podcast is one sided, but it is called Evolution 101...what do you expect? All in All it is a well-done podcast that does it's best to give you scientific facts and data and leave as much opinion out as possible.
As a Christian, it just disgusts me to see the horrible way in which fanatical Creationists have tried to sabotage this very worthwhile podcast. Such actions do nothing but damage to the message of Christianity. As for the podcast, it is very informative and well-presented, definitely worth the five stars.
If you are a creationist, you should go elsewhere and stop posting silly reviews here. The only way this podcast could be better is to be longer.
.....about to receive a Ph.D in Political Economics, and while it's not any similar academic foundation as that of Genetics, Biology, etc., I may be able to assist in this debate. You see, I study policy sciences, and while that sounds hardly consistent with other traditional sciences, where I am able to see a questionable association emitted by the "I.D.-ers" is in the fallacy within their notion of rhetorical review. These are great (sadly, too) abbreviated recordings are descriptions of foundational evidence that should be seen as close to fact as anything can possibly be- and yet remain an issue of contention- unlike any other particular "public" debate, except for perhaps "global climate changing". The rhetoric that is typically regurgitated ad nauseam by pundits on the Conservative side of the aisle seeks to use particularly limited "academic" resources to (somehow) prove to others that the reason why humans inhabit this green earth is that we were placed here by some omnipotent, interstellar being! They cite people and sources that are less than credible while promoting to the "12-pack public" the ridiculous notion that there are great rifts between scientists, "creating an atmosphere of dissention within the academic environment" over the notion of Evolutionary sciences! The fact is, using rhetorical "parlor tricks" and manipulating the miniscule unknowns (HARDLY creating the room enough for some theory of "God forming man" to take root!!) that are typically only debated between a lonesome few hacks, harms and belittles the scientific research that so many intellectuals spend so many years researching on! "Lawyering" their way into elementary and junior high schools with such incessant nonsense failing to adhere to even the most fundamental of HISTORICAL research guidelines (ie. the scientific method, for starters!!) in order to establish some particular assumption of a realistic omnipotent "designer" (with some of the arguments bordering on the downright criminally insane!) not only reeks of disingenuousness toward and contempt of those with greater aptitude, yet also manipulates the discussion just enough to create a "fog" within the debate that provides nothing but an excuse to keep young people uneducated. It's criminal and for Conservative Americans- assuming that they're MORE American than the average "liberal" who disagrees with the ridiculousness of "ID"- to attempt to shift the fundamental discussion away from the practical is something reminiscent of the Taliban! Sincerely, Darren-Joseph Muse
As a Ph.D. scientist it is good to hear podcasts out there like this one which put forth the facts and conclusions in a simple and straight forward manner. If you choose to ignore the basic facts of life in favor of a silly book of religion don't listen to this... and stop annoying rational thinking people.
My only criticism is that I wish the individual podcasts were longer, but these little "bight size" episodes each pack a lot of easily understood information. I very much look forward to more of them. Thanks, Zach!
great educational material
The goal of this podcast is to have an informative broadcast about the theory of evolution, not to promote evolution over creationism, hence the name Evolution 101. I did have a short essay on this, but when I attempted to submit it I was greeted with the message that my session had timed out, and that I needed to start over. As you can tell, I did not rewrite it. If one of you thick-headed ignoramuses want to hear a podcast that DOES talk about evolution vs. creation check out Robert Lippens' "The Big Bang and Creationism." You can even email him your feeble minded attempts at disproving evolution(micro or macro, although he would call you a hipocrite for supporting micro and not macro) or promoting creationism, and if it is a valid point at all he will discuss it on the air. So go now, but don't feel too bad if you a made a fool, as the anti-evolutionists that have posted here wouldn't stand a chance, for he has heard all of these arguements 1,000 times before and disproved them 1,000 times. Now, whether or not you listen to him disprove your points is up to you.
The cover picture, showing a presumed evolution of bipedal mammals to modern Homo Sapiens, undermines the podcast’s objectivity from the outset. That “Icon of Evolution” (title of a book, BTW, but unfortunately one not available on iTunes) is the product of an imagination that is unconstrained by a decent respect for what’s scientifically verifiable. It is a picture that has been used very successfully to imply that this sort of evolutionary progression is a reasonable inference from the evidence that science has accumulated. It is not a reasonable inference based upon evidence. It represents a theory of human development, but one that has in no way developed substantiating evidence commensurate with the detail depicted. Using it as the podcast’s cover announces that what follows will reflect orthodoxy, not open inquiry. Perhaps that was neither intended nor fairly characterizes what Mr. Moore provides. If that’s so, he at least should be more circumspect about using a discredited propaganda picture to identify his work.
In my latest revision, let me respond to more hysterical raving by "anonymous". Nice try, but ad hominems mixed with straw-man bashing will get you nowhere except in Wingnutland. Of course I wouldn't argue with a Christian if he told me 2+2=4 simply because he was Christian, you slack-jawed mongoloid. In the case of 2+2=4, the Christian would be *correct*. In the case of creationism, the Christian who adopts that view (and not all do) is *incorrect*. I do judge situations on a case by case basis, and on those grounds, the people posting one-star rants here are just mule-headedly incorrect in the things they say. I also never implied Zachary was some sort of omniscient oracle; however, when it comes to the TOPIC AT HAND, he is RIGHT and you clowns are WRONG, because this is his FIELD OF EXPERTISE and he has the credentials to back it up. So yeah, I have a mind of my own, thanks, and if you'd ever like some tips on what that's like, drop me a line. Now back to Nicki. Perhaps if you actually, you know, *listened* to this podcast, you'd see how completely absurd your "argument from really big numbers" against evolution is. Evolution doesn't work the way you think it does, and your insistence on parroting dumb creationist canards rather than learn what the facts are makes you sadly typical. In fact, you're *so* clueless you don't even understand the difference between evolution and abiogenesis. (Episode 102 of this series thoroughly fisks the kinds of moronic creationist statements Nicki made.) Anyway, Nicki, you're one to talk about straw man fallacies, since your entire revised post is laden with them. There is simply not a single factual statement about what science actually has to say about evolution in your entire piece. All this hand-waving about microevolution vs. macroevolution and "missing links" and transitional fossils (we have tons of them) is utter tosh straight from creationism's playbook of stale talking points. (Do a search for "29 Evidences for Macroevolution" at talkorigins.org to see just how dumb the things Nicki's babbling are.) Again, LISTEN to Zachary's podcast and LEARN what science ACTUALLY shows. Your coin toss analogy is simply idiotic: sure, the numbers may "add up," but if you think that tossing a coin is an accurate analogy to the way in which natural processes lead to descent with modification in organisms, then you are simply *ignorant*of*the*science! Period. Full stop. End of story. Zachary is a *professional* molecular biologist. Are you? No? Then for you to preen like you know more about the field than he does is simply your own self-congratulatory arrogance. As for "anonymous", are you seriously regurgitating Paley's 200-year-old "watch in the desert" argument? What a joke! Think about that argument for ten seconds, if you can. You might see that it shows *watches prove deserts weren't designed*! What is it about modern-day Christians that makes them resist being educated in science? The same fear that led the Church to arrest Galileo, clearly. Yes Nicki, it's true in principle that because the church was wrong regarding Galileo, it doesn't follow from that, that they are wrong about evolution. But they still ARE wrong about evolution. The reason is because the weight of scientific evidence supports evolution, no matter how much creationists misunderstand, distort, or just flat lie about that evidence. This is religious fundamentalism for you: while science boldly marches forward with bold new discoveries around every corner, the fundies remain mired in the past, preferring beliefs to facts, never adapting, and above all, never EVER learning. (At least there are a few smart anti-creationist Christians out there, like the Archbishop of Canterbury.) There is no "unproven hypothesis" here. What there is — which the fundies hate and fear — is a clear presentation of the EVIDENCE, explained so non-scientists can follow it. America is dead last among the top 21 nations in science education, and if the religious right has its way, we'll fall behind even farther. The US will have to watch while the Chinese and Koreans exceed us as the world's new superpowers. If being educated makes you afraid you'll spend eternity burning in hell, then by all means, do not listen to this podcast. On the other hand, if you're interested in basing your understanding of the wondrously complex world we live in on FACTS, instead of on a belief system that fears facts and holds them in contempt because they challenge cherished supernatural beliefs, then open your mind and come on in.