Dr. Monica Hughes on Myths about Evolutionary Theory
Radio Interview: Wednesday, 19 June 2013
I interviewed Dr. Monica Hughes on "Myths about Evolutionary Theory" on Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast below.
Many Americans are woefully ignorant of the basics of evolutionary theory, even while they criticize or reject it. Biologist Monica Hughes explained the basics of evolutionary theory, including some fascinating examples of evolution in action. Then she discussed and dispelled some common myths about it.
Monica Hughes received her master's and PhD degrees in mycology and forest pathology at SUNY-ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental and Forest Biology). Broadly trained in aspects of plant and fungal biology, Monica's research is focused on an obscure but diverse group of insect-associated fungi, particularly co-evolution of the fungi with their hosts, and description of new species: her research uncovered roughly 50 new species of fungi from New Zealand, including several new genera. Since obtaining her PhD in 2008, Monica has worked as a biology professor in the Community College system of Colorado and at Regis University in Denver.
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- The basic tenets of evolutionary theory
- Examples of evolution in action: bacteria, dogs, silver fox
- The creation of new species: plants, fruit flies
- The evidence for evolutionary theory
- Evolution is not just randomness
- The second law of thermodynamics does not preclude evolution
- The argument from irreducible complexity
- The first living organism
- The irreducible complexity argument
- The time required for evolution
- The "goal" of evolution
- Evolution as "just a theory"
- Wikipedia: Objections to Evolution
- Corn vs. teosinte
- The 50-year silver fox experiment
- Observed Instances of Speciation
- Carl Zimmer: A Planet of Viruses
- The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of "Irreducible Complexity" by Kenneth R. Miller
- The Mystery of Vitamin C
- Finding Darwin's God by Kenneth Miller
- NoodleFood: Last Gasp for the God of the Gaps by Greg Perkins
- The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds
- Explore the Tree of Life
- Evolutionary Tree Of Life
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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