June 2016:
Measuring the Evolution Controversy postulates that the debate over evolution-and-science versus creationism is inherent to the incompatibility between scientific rationalism/empiricism and the belief in supernatural causation. The Incompatibility Hypothesis (IH) is the conceptual basis for this book, in which the authors propose that belief disrupts, distorts, delays and stops the understanding and acceptance of evidence.

The New England Center for the Public Understanding of Science (NESP) sponsored the research for this seven-year numerical analysis of the acceptance of evolution at America's colleges and universities. The volume includes 210-pages, more than 100 data figures, maps, tables and explanatory boxes. A color-page centerfold “Image Resources of Didactic Relevance” is also provided.



ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9042-7

ISBN-10: 1-4438-9042-1


Additional information at Cambridge Scholars Publishing  - 2016

Book reviews:

“...The great contribution of “Measuring the Evolution Controversy” is the rich content of data and analysis that asks detailed questions about the social, economic and political backgrounds of those who tend to reject evolution versus those who accept evolution as science. The authors deftly analyze their data drawn from institutions of higher learning in the United States and particularly New England—which stands as a microcosm of the rest of the country, and indeed elsewhere in the world. It is their scientific approach to these issues which makes this book stand out as a uniquely original contribution.”

Niles Eldredge, Curator Emeritus of Paleontology at The American Museum of Natural History, New York.


"Pro-science activists and educators constantly bemoan the resistance to the teaching of evolution in the United States. All of us have anecdotes about encounters with the public, parents and students who are misinformed by their churches, Religious-Right groups, and creationist organizations. Paz-y-Miño-C and Espinosa present hard data that support the anecdotal evidence. They also show that although anti-evolutionism typically begins with religion, it is a multi-faceted problem that intersects with political and cultural ideologies. Gathered through careful research over a period of years, their data will enable scientists and defenders of science education to comprehend the roots of the evolution controversy and counteract resistance to evolution more strategically and effectively."

Barbara Forrest, co-author with Paul R. Gross of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (2007), and expert witness for plaintiffs, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District (2005).


About the authors:

Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C is co-Director of New England Science Public. An evolutionary biologist, he is the author of 150 publications, including Evolution Stands Faith Up: Reflections on Evolutions’ Wars. He is the recipient of a Citation for Outstanding Performance (2007) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (innovation in science education).

Avelina Espinosa is a Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Biotechnology Programs at Roger Williams University. A molecular microbiologist, she has authored 40 publications and has received the Young Investigator Award (2001) from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (research on metabolism in amoebozoans).


Book Chapters


Espinosa, A. & Paz-y-Miño-C., G. 2014. Examining Crypticity in Entamoeba: a Behavioral and Biochemical Tale. Pp. 181-190.  In G. Trueba (Ed.) Why Does Evolution Matter? The Importance of Understanding Evolution. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, United Kingdom. ISBN (10): 1-4438-6518-4, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-6518-0

Paz-y-Miño-C. G. and Espinosa A. 2014. The Incompatibility Hypothesis: Evolution vs. Supernatural Causation. Pp. 3-16.  In G. Trueba (Ed.) Why Does Evolution Matter? The Importance of Understanding Evolution. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, United Kingdom. ISBN (10): 1-4438-6518-4, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-6518-0.


G. Paz-y-Miño-C. & Espinosa A. 2013. The Everlasting Conflict Evolution-and-Science versus Religiosity. in Religion and Ethics. Eds. G. Simpson & S. Payne. NOVA Publishers, pp. 73-98.