Discovery Science has produced the first two in the Long Story Short series of brief videos on topics related to the evolution debate. These free, online videos are exceptionally well done, humorous, and educational. They use cartoon figures and graphics in fast-paced presentations. The videos are great for teens and adults, and younger students who have some science background should be able to understand and enjoy them as well because of the way they are presented.
Is Homology Evidence for Evolution? challenges the fundamental evolutionary concept of common ancestry. It addresses the use of homology as an argument for evolution by first explaining the concept of homology in easy-to-understand terms. Merriam-Webster offers a definition: “likeness in structure between parts of different organisms (such as the wing of a bat and the human arm) due to evolutionary differentiation from a corresponding part in a common ancestor….” It then addresses the circular reasoning embedded in definitions such as Merriam-Webster’s that attribute homology to common ancestry. Evolutionists use such definitions to assert homology as proof of evolution. Yet the definition itself assumes evolution (including common ancestry) as a given and that it then has to be the cause of common features. It leaves no room for other possible explanations for homology, explanations such as a common designer. This eight-minute video also addresses the use of DNA as evidence of common ancestry.
A Whale of an Evolution Tale investigates the evidence that has been used to support a belief that land mammals transformed into whales. It hones in particularly on arguments presented by the well-known evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne in his book Why Evolution is True. Coyne claims that whale evolution is one of the best examples of evolutionary transitions. The video demonstrates the problems with this explanation by using the fossil record. It shows how the supposedly transitional creatures totally undermine the argument by refusing to fit into the required chronological order. This ten-minute video also addresses the time required for mutations and the mathematical impossibility of there being enough time for sufficient mutations to occur.
These videos are a great way to introduce important arguments against evolution to a wide audience.