Analysis Of Creationism, Intelligent Design, And Evolution

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Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Evolution, three words that seem to be thrown around a good bit, but which of them is “right”? Well, if you define “right” as being the most factual, then Evolution is, by far, the most :right” of these ideas. There is a mountain of evidence for Evolutionary Theory, such as genetic similarities between different species, following change over time in the fossil record, and even seeing Evolution in action. It is because of this evidence that many individuals are of the opinion that the Theory of Evolution is what should be taught in schools. So, what exactly is Evolution? Evolution is a prominent theory used to explain the wondrous biodiversity on Earth. Some people might be tempted to say that is is “just” …show more content…
This thought is, of course, quite sound. Many creatures have similarities across species, these similarities can be skeletal, genetic, or developmental. For example, the embryo passes through stages resembling stages of a reptilian embryo. Larval forms of shrimp and barnacles, and the larvae of flies, moths, and beetles are all incredibly similar(Quammen). As for skeletal similarities, was it known to the reader that the combination of a humerus, radius, and ulna is found in the forelimbs of frogs, birds, rabbits, and lizards? A combination of bones was, by the way, first seen in Eusthenopteron, a prehistoric “lobe-limbed fish” with a close relationship to tetrapods. Now, as far as genetic similarities go, one would be astounded how much DNA is shared between species. Humans only differ from each other by ~.1% of their DNA. Chimpanzees and Bonobos differ from modern Humans by only ~1.2% and, believe it or not, but Humans share ~25% of their genes with Roundworms of all things(Human). Given such striking similarities between creatures alive today, it is quite difficult to argue against a common …show more content…
Consider penicillin for a moment, would one have heard of penicillin resistant strains of bacteria before the discovery of this wonderful drug? No, of course not, so how else could we but by evolution? It is a never ending battle between modern medicine and the inherent variability of microbes(Quammen). A prime, although tragic, example of this is HIV. After just a few years of infection and drug treatment, each and every individual with HIV carries a unique version of the virus(Quammen). Another instance in which we can see evolution is through a process called Artificial Selection. Artificial Selection is the process in which humans have created, or, rather, bred, something instead of nature. Humans obviously select traits that serve them best and are not necessarily to the advantage of the creature being bred were it in the wild. A prime example of Artificial Selection is the breeding of dogs. Descended from wolves, as the reader hopefully knows, dogs are now incredibly varied in their traits, which allows for selection based upon one’s desires. Humans, over many thousands of years, selected different traits in canines that they deemed desirable for one reason or another and bred the animals in such a way that these traits became

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