Via this press release I learned about this book: The Top Ten Myths About Evolution. The book deconstructs ten myths that creationists propagate while spreading misinformation. It also gives me an excuse to post cute pictures of furry primates.
The official website lists the ten myths:
1) Survival of the Fittest; 2) It’s Just a Theory; 3) The Ladder of Progress; 4) The Missing Link; 5) Evolution is Random; 6) People Come from Monkeys; 7) Nature’s Perfect Balance; 8) Creationism Disproves Evolution; 9) Intelligent Design is Science; 10) Evolution is Immoral
It sounds like a good treatment of why creationism is wrong — like Talk.Origins in dead tree media. The website has snippets from each chapter. I’m especially fond of the people come from monkeys point:
To evaluate this myth–that evolution claims “we come from monkeys”–we can start by asking what evolution really says about our connection to the rest of living things. Once our place in evolving nature is revealed, we can examine the second claim, that being related to monkeys is a degradation.
They decided to go after the idea that it’s an insult to say we’re related to monkeys. But there are other reasons it doesn’t make sense to attack evolution by saying that humans didn’t evolve from monkeys. First of all, we didn’t evolve from monkeys; we share a common ancestor with monkeys. Included in this myth is the one about humans evolving from chimpanzees. Just like humans and chimps did not speciate.
On top of that, we are monkeys! See:
A good cladist wouldn’t refer to apes as non-monkeys because that would break up a monophyletic taxon.
I also appreciate that they go after the concept of the ladder of evolution. This myth, propagated by creationists, states that humans are the goal of evolution. Sadly, this myth is often spread by legitimate scientists when they discuss “higher eukaryotes“.