Top five misconceptions about evolution according to science

Purdue University's Ph. D. student Caleb Trujillo posted this infographic explaining the top five misconceptions about evolution—misconceptions that are believed by many to be true and widely used by creationists to attack evolution.

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They forgot "Evolution is Progressive," which is one of my least favorite misconceptions. You see it everywhere: "..the next step in human evolution," "more evolved," "the pinnacle of evolution," etc. Evolution doesn't have a "goal" - it doesn't simply mean "things getting better." We are not, for instance, all evolving toward having superpowers and telepathy... People conflate the colloquial definition of "evolution" (gradual improvement) with its scientific definition, just like they do with the word "theory."