In the article Evolution is a Big Word, I cover several issues. In our last installment, we discussed what the multiplicity of theories means for the claims of a consensus opinion about evolution. In this installment, I wanted to talk about the theories themselves. There are several questions I would like to propose to our readers:
- Of the theories listed, which ones do you think have the best evidence?
- Of the theories listed, which one is your favorite?
- What theories did I miss? (If you list a theory, please provide a link to a paper or book describing the theory)
- Which theories of evolution are consonant and/or dissonant with Intelligent Design?
- What are the theological and political corollaries of the different theories? I should note that many of the founders of the different theories espouse theological or political corollaries for them (including Darwin). (NOTE TO ALL – the goal of this is not to engage in a religious shouting match, but rather engage the ideas themselves on a deeper level)
- How does the given theory interact with other biological theories? I am specifically thinking about the origin of life, taxonomy, and common ancestry, but I would also enjoy any other theory for discussion.
- What other sources should be included in the list? I tried to list sources which were generally interesting to both educated laymen and experts. What other works should I have included?
I numbered the questions, so if you just want to respond to one or two of them, just list the number and your answer.