See The Basics of Evolution & Natural Selection Explained In Minutes

Tim Brookes 28-10-2014

We have a greater understanding of evolution and its processes than ever before, and what science is telling us is amazing. While many spend their lifetimes trying to explain Darwinian concepts like evolution and natural selection, YouTube channel Stated Clearly makes short work of it.


This short series of videos will provide you with the incredible evidence scientists have used to support Darwin’s theories, without needlessly complicating anything.

What Is Evolution?

Evolution isn’t about explaining the origin of life on earth but the journey between then and now. It can be defined by the physical and behavioural changes that have occurred between generations of species, and punctuated by remembering that every living species is as “evolved” as any other regardless of physical characteristic or position on the food chain.

Consider this “Evolution 101” for beginners, with concepts vital to the theory (reproduction, similarities in physiology, DNA) explained simply, with some lovely animation to boot.

The Evidence For Evolution

The theory of evolution is all well and good, but a theory is just an idea – right? Correct, but few theories have been embraced and accepted wholesale quite like Darwin’s, and that’s because there’s mounting evidence to support it. The idea that all living beings are related is central to the theory, and this is explored in greater detail by looking at our larger, mammalian sea-dwellers – the cetaceans.

What Is Natural Selection?

Natural selection is another fundamental Darwinian concept that’s key to understanding evolution and all that it entails. DNA modifications create slight variations in species as they reproduce, but not all of these variations are best adapted for survival. Natural selection is the name given to the process which favours the better adapted set of genes.


The Implications of Evolution

Evolution is often thought of as something that takes millions of years, but that’s not strictly the case. Particularly when man interferes with the environment, evolutionary traits can form almost by accident – like the fact that the world’s fish are shrinking due to government policy.

In this scenario the theory of evolution can be used to help ensure more healthy fish populations (that aren’t shrinking) by leaning on scientific evidence to create better policies.

The Origin Of Life

It is believed that all life on earth stems from primitive cellular colonies that emerged some 3.5 billion years ago. These did not evolve, as evolution depends on reproduction – from where did life itself emerge? These days scientists are getting their brightest theories from the study of chemistry. We’re still a long way away from answering that question, but the possibilities being explored are exciting and mind-blowing in equal measure.

DNA & Genes Explained

Finally two videos to bring you up to speed on some of the terminology used in this video – the exploration of DNA, life’s blueprint and genes, the vehicle used by evolution to deliver its modifications. The second video (below) also explores the notion of modifying genes, briefly.


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  1. Matt
    October 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    “ … the Myth asks me to believe that reason is simply the unforeseen and unintended by-product of a mindless process at one stage of its endless and aimless becoming. The content of the Myth thus knocks from under me the only ground on which I could possibly believe the Myth to be true. If my own mind is a product of the irrational—if what seem my clearest reasoning are only the way in which a creature conditioned as I am is bound to feel—how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about Evolution?” (C.S. Lewis)

    Darwinists say, "My mind (reason) tells me that evolution is true." Interestingly, they believe that their minds are the result of an undirected, unguided process (natural selection). C.S. Lewis (see quote above) accurately observes, how are Darwinists to trust their own minds when it tells them about evolution? They have sawn off the branch they were standing on. On the other hand, Christianity says that men and women were created in God's image (Genesis 1:26-27). We bear the image of our Creator, which provides a basis for believing that we have a rational mind.

    For a balanced view to this article, check out:
    Darwin on Trial by Philip Johnson
    Darwin's Doubt by Stephen Meyer
    Explore Evolution by Stephen Meyer
    The Magician's Twin (edited) by John West

  2. Guy
    October 29, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Thank you Erik. I don't believe in ridiculing what another person believes but I simply state what I have come to understand. Evolutionist cannot even agree among themselves as to the origin of life. It is a scientific fact that life can only spring from life. Scientist have never been able to produce life from lifeless matter, this is not opinion but solidly rooted in proven science.

    What do many scientists claim? Many who believe in evolution would tell you that billions of years ago, life began on the edge of an ancient tidal pool or deep in the ocean. They feel that in some such location, chemicals spontaneously assembled into bubblelike structures,
    formed complex molecules, and began replicating. They believe that all life on earth originated by accident from one or
    more of these “simple” original cells.

    Other equally respected scientists who also support evolution disagree. They speculate that the first cells or at least
    their major components arrived on earth from outer space. Why? Because, as I stated earlier and despite their best efforts, scientists have been unable to prove that life can spring from nonliving molecules.

    In 2008, Professor of Biology Alexandre Meinesz highlighted the dilemma. He stated that over the
    last 50 years, “no empirical evidence supports the hypotheses of the spontaneous appearance of life on Earth from nothing
    but a molecular soup, and no significant advance in scientific knowledge leads in this direction.”

    “The" "answer to the question, Where do babies come from? is well-documented and un- controversial. Life always comes from preexisting life.
    However, if we go back far enough in time, is it really possible that this fundamental law was broken? Could life really spontaneously spring from non- living chemicals?

    What are the chances that such an event could happen?” The math makes it highly improbable.

    I believe it takes more faith to believe in the theory of evolution than to believe in creation.

    • Tim Brookes
      October 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      "Evolutionist cannot even agree among themselves as to the origin of life."

      Do you have any idea how ridiculous that sounds? It's on a par with saying "researchers haven't even cured cancer yet". It's one of the most perplexing questions relating to our existence, and you're criticising science as a whole for not having worked it out yet.

  3. Guy Fuller
    October 28, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Evolution is a theory, not fact.

    • Aristocles
      October 28, 2014 at 6:05 am

      You have no idea about how science works.

    • Erik
      October 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Evolution is the world most well financed fairytale!

    • JLee
      October 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      "Evolution is a theory, not fact."
      As are gravity, electricity, nuclear reactions, and a multitude of other things we take for granted in our everyday world. Because nuclear theory is just that - a theory - are you prepared to call up Barak Obama and tell him our nukes can't possibly work because they're only based on a theory? There is no committee of geniuses out there that meets and provides final certifications of theories, meaning that they henceforth become law. Scientific theories are the basis of our technology and have produced everything from steam engines to cell phones to space travel to modern medicine - and pretty much everything else since the Industrial Revolution. And all of it is based on scientific theories which can be tested by independent observers repeatedly and produce the same outcomes every time. If it's not testable it's not science, and if it produces an inconsistent result the theory is altered or abandoned. Not so with fairy tales.

    • Andrei
      October 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Please explain, Erik.