Evolution — by which we mean that all organisms on Earth are connected genealogically and have changed through time by exclusively natural causes, mainly but not exclusively natural selection — is one of the great discoveries of science, and one of the great accomplishments of human intellect. It is also the cornerstone of all modern biology and much of the rest of science. Yet its lack of widespread acceptance or understanding outside of science is a serious problem. Among much of the general public, there seems to be a widespread belief that evolution is something completely foreign to most people’s lives — that it is somehow relevant only to some obscure corners of nature, or that the evidence for it is extremely limited, arcane, and tentative. The reality could not be more different. Evolution is almost literally everywhere around us. And all evolutionary scientists have an obligation to do everything they can to communicate this to as many people as possible in ways that they can hear and understand it.

Some publications:

  • Allmon, W.D., 2009, The “God spectrum” and the uneven search for a consistent view of the natural world. In For the rock record: Geologists confront intelligent design. J.S. Schneiderman and W.D. Allmon, eds., University of California Press, Berkeley, pp. 180-239.
  • Allmon, W.D., 2009, Evolution and creationism. A very short guide. Second edition. Paleontological Research Institution Special Publication No. 35, 128 p.