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- EYE EVOLUTION (Episode 1). Zoologist Dan-Eric Nilsson claims to have
created a model to evolve the human eye in a step-by-step manner -- but what
evolutionary jumps are shown during his demonstration of the eye-evolution
- ORIGIN OF BODY PLANS (Episode 2). If special master control genes
can be used to "manipulate" "packets of information" to
evolve new body plans, exactly what are these "packets of information"
and how did they originate?
- MUTANT FRUIT FLIES (Episode 2). If induced mutations on fruit flies
are deadly, weakening, or disadvantageous for survival (i.e. legs growing
out of the head), what are the implications for the statistical chances of
advantageous mutations arising in the wild?
- TRANSITION TO HUMANS (Episode 2). The evolutionary transition which
led to humans is said to be the same as all the others. What fossils are
shown documenting the alleged evolutionary transition from the chimp-like
ape ancestor to humans?
- EXTINCTION! (Episode 3). Conservationist Alan Rabinowitz claims that
"evolution is going on all around us." What exactly is this evolution
and what are its implications for the origin of new species?
- THE EVOLUTIONARY ARMS RACE (Episode 4). Humans with the special gene
to fight off HIV are said to have lost receptors on their immune-system cells.
What degree of change is typically necessary to bring about anti-biotic resistance
in microorganisms or disease-resistance in large animals?
- WHY SEX? (Episode 5). People are said to find some features attractive
(smell, facial features) because they are linked to actual fitness for survival.
What aspects of human intellectual or artistic ability might there be which
would confer no selective advantage for survival?
- THE MIND'S BIG BANG (Episode 6). What is the primary difficulty presented
by the archaeological record for the supposed hundreds of thousands of years
that are given as necessary for the evolution of the precise wiring giving
intelligence to the human brain?
- CINEMATOGRAPHY AND TYPECASTING (Episode 7). In "What about
God" (episode 7), what cinematic techniques, narrator diction, or excerpts
from interviews are used to typecast opposition to evolution as anti-intellectual?
- OPTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS PEOPLE (Episode 7). Besides anti-intellectual
young-earth creationism or full acceptance of evolutionary theory, what other
scientific and religious options of belief about evolutionary theory, which
are not portrayed in Evolution, are possible for a person?
We recommend you read Getting the Facts Straight A Viewers Guide
to PBSs Evolution by the Discovery Institute for a more complete
review of the series. To download this guide for free or order the guide, visit
the Discovery Institute website at: http://www.reviewevolution.com/.
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File Date: 11.15.01
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