What If Understanding Evolution Could Help Save Us?
Telma G. Laurentino
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Telma, I enjoyed your article very much — and your illustrations too! I am so glad to see you address the common misunderstandings about the nature of evolution. As you point out, there are several flaws in the popular mental model of how evolution works. These mistaken models are kept alive by popular culture, and even by how we use language. For example, I contend that our use of the word “devolve” as a synonym for “degenerate” both reflects and perpetuates some of these misconceptions. I explore this idea in detail in an essay entitled “The Word ‘Devolve’ Makes Me Cringe”.

I look forward to seeing more of your essays!