What is evolution?

  • (noun): (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms.
    Synonyms: phylogeny, phylogenesis
    See also — Additional definitions below

Evolution

Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins.

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Intelligent Design Movement - Philosophy
... James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries, Johnson gave a speech called How the Evolution Debate Can Be Won ... "To talk of a purposeful or guided evolution is not to talk about evolution at all ... you understand it that way, you realize that the Darwinian theory of evolution contradicts not just the Book of Genesis, but every word in the Bible from beginning to end ...
John Maynard Smith Prize - List of Winners
... Year Awarded to For 1997 Marie-Charlotte Anstett Facilitation and constraints in the evolution of mutualism 1999 Nicolas Galtier Non stationary models of nucleotide substitution ...
Jonathan Wells (intelligent Design Advocate) - Opposition To Evolution - Kansas Evolution Hearings
... In 2005, Wells participated in the Kansas evolution hearings, which were boycotted by mainstream scientists ... There Wells testified Prior to the evolution hearings, in December 2000 after the Pratt County, Kansas school board revised its tenth-grade biology curriculum at the ... by creationists as revealing some fatal flaw in the theory of evolution ...
Evolution - Social and Cultural Responses
... Further information Social effect of evolutionary theory and Objections to evolution In the 19th century, particularly after the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, the ... However, evolution remains a contentious concept for some theists ... various religions and denominations have reconciled their beliefs with evolution through concepts such as theistic evolution, there are creationists who believe that evolution is contradicted by the ...

More definitions of "evolution":

  • (noun): A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage).
    Example: "The evolution of Greek civilization"
    Synonyms: development

Famous quotes containing the word evolution:

    The evolution of a highly destined society must be moral; it must run in the grooves of the celestial wheels.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Like Freud, Jung believes that the human mind contains archaic remnants, residues of the long history and evolution of mankind. In the unconscious, primordial “universally human images” lie dormant. Those primordial images are the most ancient, universal and “deep” thoughts of mankind. Since they embody feelings as much as thought, they are properly “thought feelings.” Where Freud postulates a mass psyche, Jung postulates a collective psyche.
    Patrick Mullahy (b. 1912)

    What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920)