What is a myth?
The oxford dictionary defines a myth (mythology) as, “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it further as, “a usually traditional story of historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon”, or simply as you probably thought as “an unfounded or false notion”.
What is science?
Merriam-Webster defines science in the following ways: “the state of knowing, knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding” or “… knowledge covering general truths, or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method”. Therefore, to understand science one must understand the scientific method.
What is the scientific method?
Merriam-Webster defines the scientific method as, “principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.”
What is evolution?
Merriam-Webster defines evolution from the evolution of living things perspective as the “descent with modification from preexisting species; cumulative inherited change in a population of organisms through time leading to the appearance of new (life) forms; the process by which new species or populations of living things develop from preexisting forms through successive generations”.