Living Fossils: Evolution the Grand Experiment Vol. 2

Evolution: Fact or Fiction? You'll find many curricula which quote evolution as being a fact. Evolution: Grand Experiment tells you why it can't be. The author, Dr. Carl Werner, spends time explaining the flaws of evolution in this beautiful, hardcover series. Clear illustrations, charts and photographs make the content very interesting and easy to read.

The Volume 1 Text holds 20 chapters. The first chapter explains the two opposing views on the origin of life. The author gives some fascinating research showing 46% of Americans believe God created man and that not even scientists agree on the evidence. Chapter 2 discusses spontaneous generation and the 'proof' to support it. I used some of this information in a children's church group, and even these young ones could see the flaws of the demonstration. More basic 'proofs' for evolution are presented in chapters 3, 4, and 5 - acquired characteristics, natural selection, and similarities in species. Chapters 6 through 16 deal with the fossil record. By the time you finish these chapters, you will know what is wrong with the fossil record evidence of invertebrates, fish, bats, pinnipeds, flying reptiles, dinosaurs, whales, and birds. The formation of DNA and its components is open for scrutiny in chapters 17 through 19. Dr. Werner concludes in the final chapter that evolution presents more questions than answers (tests are not provided for this last chapter). He summarizes the information presented in the book and asks the final question, "If people were given the opportunity to read this text, do you think the percentage would increase or decrease? So, what do you think?" The first volume in this series is 314 pages in length.

Volume 2, Living Fossils, is divided into 25 chapters which tell Dr. Werner's story as he searches to either prove or disprove evolution. Chapter 1 tells of the challenge presented to him while he was still in college. This challenge launched him on a life-long search for information and evidence. Chapter 2 presents the evidence used on both sides of the argument. Chapter 3 discusses how species are named, and chapters 4-24 present the argument using both fossils and living fossils (fossils which look similar to modern plants or animals) within the different plant and animal species. Dr. Werner wants you to ask yourself at the end of this book, "Has my perception of the past been changed?" This volume is 273 pages in length.

The Teacher Manuals offer a suggested format for working through the texts. For each chapter a purpose is stated and a list of discussion questions is given. Objectives are clearly stated, so students have no doubt about what they should discover within the pages of the text. There are 3 tests available for each chapter. Each test is usually 10 questions in length and may include multiple choice, matching, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, or true/false questions. Test A is to be given at the end of the chapter. Test B is to be saved and used for sectional tests (taken after each three chapters in Volume 1 and at mid and end points in Volume 2) and all C Tests are used as a final, comprehensive exam. Answers to the tests are included as well. Unfortunately, the tests aren't reproducible.

A DVD has been produced to coincide with volume 1 of this series and highlights dig sites, museums, and universities. This is the first in the series and documents misleading museum displays, science articles, and television documentaries. An interview with the author is an added bonus. Other DVDs will be added in the future to coincide with upcoming volumes.

A Lecturer's Presentation CD is also available for those using this course for a co-op or small group study. The CD-ROM includes a couple of video clips, some printable PDF files, and select pages from the student book. The video clips and pages can be used with a computer and projector system as you speak to a group. This CD is a tremendous teaching tool! After reading through this course, I really feel it's a must for those who will be heading off to college. Build a foundation of truth before they are inundated with fiction. Each volume would take only a semester to complete, can be used independent of each other, and would work very well in a co-op setting. ~ Donna

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