Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Ebert's War of the Worlds Review Revisited

I blogged about Roger Ebert's War of the Worlds review a couple of weeks ago, and today Ebert goes into it in more detail in his answer man column. Ebert quotes a correspondent as telling him, "Your comment, 'If evolution has taught us anything, it is that the limbs of living things, from men to dinosaurs to spiders to centipedes, tend to come in numbers divisible by four' is wrong and misleading. Numbers of limbs are divisible by two, due to the principle of bilateral symmetry to which nature adheres." I made the same point.

Ebert responds by saying, "I meant of course to write 'two' instead of 'four' but was attacked by a brain cloud. My online review has been corrected."


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