Educational Videos on Evolution

What follows are a collection of educational videos on the topic of Evolution that I think are particularly compelling and/or well done. As Bill Nye states in the first video below, “denial of evolution is unique to the United States.” I used to deny it myself while trapped in fundamentalism. But it’s a shameful denial of an overwhelming abundance of multiple lines of evidence. And I am so much happier to now embrace that evidence.


Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka “the science guy,” if grownups want to “deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.”

 


What is Evolution? (by Stated Clearly)
Evolution is often considered a complex and controversial topic but it’s actually a very simple concept to understand. Watch this short animation to see how evolution works. “Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that all life on Earth is related,” the group’s founder, Jon Perry, says in the clip

 


What is the Evidence for Evolution? (by Stated Clearly)
Biologists teach that all living things on Earth are related. Is there any solid evidence to back this claim? Join us as we explore the facts! We start with a close look at the origin of whales from land mammals, and then touch on the origins of several other critters, including our own species.

 


Why Evolution is True and Why Many People Still Don’t Believe It (Jerry Coyne, 2012)
Jerry Coyne, a professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and author of the seminal book, Why Evolution is True, is one of the world’s most eloquent defenders of evolutionary science in the face of legal, religious, and cultural opposition. In this talk, Coyne explored the evidence for evolution, why Americans are so resistant to accepting the theory, and what can be done to make the country more evolution-friendly.

 


Evolution: What the Fossils Say (by Donald Prothero)
Is evolution a fact? How do the claims of creationists stack up against the fossil record and the actual science? Dr. Donald Prothero presents the evidence in a presentation based on his 2007 book (and more recent findings).

 

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