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Three Lies You Learned in School

Everyday Einstein explores 3 lies students often learn in school and the true facts behind them.

By
Lee Falin, PhD
4-minute read
Episode #60

How Evolution Works

Assuming that they believe in evolution at all, many people believe that organisms evolve because of changes in their environment. For example, if the earth suddenly got really hot, animals might evolve to have less hair in order to adapt to that climate.

The problem with this approach to evolution is that it implies that evolution is some kind of conscious or unconscious change made by an organism, which is simply false. Organisms evolve when random genetic changes give them a survival advantage over organisms that don’t have those changes. For more details, check out my episode on Evolution and Super Goblins.

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About the Author

Lee Falin, PhD

Dr. Lee Falin earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology from Virginia Tech. 

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