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People just don’t seem to like the theory of evolution. It isn’t news that more than a century after Origin of Species, Darwin is still under attack by people who refuse to accept natural selection as a sufficient explanation for life on earth, but it is surprising that resistance comes not only from religious know-nothings but from people who should know better. Every time anyone like Stephen Jay Gould writes about evolution, dust jackets and press releases declare that Darwin has been knocked off his perch, even though no scientist worthy of the name ever actually challenges the fundamentals of the “theory” of evolution. Rick Potts, director of Human Origins at the Smithsonian, has a new book, Human Descent: The Consequences of Ecological Instability, that is being sold in this sensationalistic way even though all Potts is doing is nudging evolutionary theory in the direction of an emphasis on human adaptability to environmental change. Potts will discuss an idea that is interesting but hardly heretical at 7:30 p.m. at Borders, 1201 S. Hayes St., Arlington. FREE. (703) 418-0166. (James Lochart)

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