Response to the PBS Evolution Project

The WGBH/NOVA Science Unit, with over $14 million of backing from ex-Microsoft baron Paul Allen, launched an 8-hour documentary series promoting Darwinism. The program was aired on PBS September 24-27, 2001 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. each night and will be scheduled to rerun on a regular basis (www.pbs.org/evolution/). As with the Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series two decades ago, the PBS Evolution Project comes across more as evangelism for the Darwinian worldview, then as rigorous, undebatable science. We think this program offers a great opportunity to teach your students critical thinking skills. Return to this page often for the latest critiques and analysis of this series.

Read what the producers of that particular PBS series are saying:

"The Evolution Project-a television broadcast series, Web site, and more-explores a simple yet remarkable theory that ranks as one of the greatest breakthroughs in the annals of science. Understanding evolution is essential to understanding the world we live in and how we--and all life forms--came to be. Evolution underpins all biology, affecting our health, our food supply, the very web of life. It explains how life on earth developed, and how it continues to change. Since Charles Darwin described the mechanism that drives it, evolution has grown from hypothesis to scientific theory, propelled by a wealth of data discovered through experimentation and observation."

"The goal of the Evolution Project is to heighten public comprehension about what evolution is and how it works, and to dispel common misunderstandings about it. The project seeks to illuminate why evolution is relevant; to improve its teaching; to counter some misconceptions; and to encourage a national dialogue on the issues currently surrounding this science."

"The Evolution Project will feature a comprehensive and engaging Web site aimed at a popular audience, with interactive games, live online expeditions, animated narratives, and 360 virtual environments. The project's extensive educational outreach initiative will seek to transform the way evolution is taught and learned in schools nationwide by providing teachers with resources that expand their content knowledge, including an online digital library and downloadable teacher training. (http://www.clearblueskyfilms.com/documentaries/evolution/)"


Analysis, Commentary, and Critique of the PBS Evolution Project