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View Diary: Let's Teach the Controversy of Evolution vs Intelligent Design **Updated with Poll question** (365 comments)

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    "Why Evolution is True" by Jerry Coyne. It was a readable explanation for evolution, and one of his main points was that the evolutionary model keeps proving itself by making predictions that turn out true.

    One of the examples he used was that of whale fossils appearing in the oceanic record about 27 million years ago. Because whales are not gilled fish, but air-breathing mammals, evolution would predict that whales started out as land creatures. Based on whale anatomy and physiology, biologists figured the move from land to ocean took place 3 to 6 million years before whales first came on the fossil scene.

    Sure enough, by examining fossil fields in areas that had been coastal 30-33 million years ago, scientists found a land mammal that was the exact precursor to modern whales. By using evolution as their guide, biologists knew just where to look and when for "pre-whales."

    Intelligent design doesn't do that, positing instead that the pre-whale fossil record at just the right time and place anticipated by evolution is instead some kind of indication that God is this cosmic trickster, going to great lengths to fool humans with an elaborate hoax.

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