Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ramble: Evolution and Books

As I grew up in a conservative Christian home, I was never taught much about Evolution, other than the few most basic facts. 1) Darwin invented it. 2) It says Man descended from Monkeys and 3) It's wrong.

Recently, I took a Biology class that covered Evolution more in depth. It was intriguing, to say the least. I felt like I couldn't learn enough about it. 

I asked my Professor (a marvelous woman, by the way, whom I eagerly anticipate taking more classes from), and she graciously gave me a list of book to read. She called them First Level, meaning these are basic. Once I am finished with those, she will give me Second Level to read as well. 

Here are the book she suggested: 

Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins

Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

The Diversity of Life by O.E. Wilson

The only one I've heard of is Beak of the Finch (which, I owed a copy, decided I wasn't going to read it and sold it to a bookshop. Sigh). 

I'm excited to hunt up these works and delve into them. 

I still believe God created the World and everything it. But there is evidence that I am curious about, that I wish to reconcile with what I know. Perhaps that is why I find evolution so intriguing. Not because I think it's true and Creationism is false - but because I think Creationism IS true but I see evidence for Evolution. I want to know how the puzzle pieces fit. 

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