Quest to Disprove Evolution

Quest to Disprove Evolution

A researcher sets out on a journey to disprove evolution and ends up in a PhD program,
with many more questions than when she started.

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Early life

Peru

We grow up with experiences and beliefs that ground us. They help us understand and navigate our world.

Early life

Peru

We grow up with experiences and beliefs that ground us. They help us understand and navigate our world.


Brenda grew up immersed in Peru‘s incredible biodiversity,

Early life

Peru

We grow up with experiences and beliefs that ground us. They help us understand and navigate our world.

Brenda grew up immersed in Peru‘s incredible biodiversity, but in a world that didn‘t believe in evolution.

Early life

Peru

We grow up with experiences and beliefs that ground us. They help us understand and navigate our world.

Brenda grew up immersed in Peru‘s incredible biodiversity, but in a world that didn‘t believe in evolution.


Evolution, she was taught, has too many gaps and guesses.

Quest to Disprove Evolution

An inquisitive child, Brenda asked questions about life's diversity and origin. She was always given answers that offered her an alternative to evolution.

Quest to Disprove Evolution

An inquisitive child, Brenda asked questions about life's diversity and origin. She was always given answers that offered her an alternative to evolution.


However, as she dug deeper and her questions became more complex, the answers increasingly turned into “it is what it is”.

Quest to Disprove Evolution

An inquisitive child, Brenda asked questions about life's diversity and origin. She was always given answers that offered her an alternative to evolution.

However, as she dug deeper and her questions became more complex, the answers increasingly turned into “it is what it is”.


She was left unsatisfied.

Quest to Disprove Evolution

When a question is intertwined with your entire understanding of the world, it‘s not easy to brush it aside.

Quest to Disprove Evolution

When a question is intertwined with your entire understanding of the world, it‘s not easy to brush it aside.


Brenda was not able to brush her questions aside. The people around her had already grown weary of her questioning and were set in their ways.

So Brenda made a decision -
In hopes to put her mind at ease, she set out on a

Quest to Disprove Evolution

Quest to
Disprove
Evolution

Nature Reserve

Peru

Let’s see  what Brenda observed under the microscope!

Eciton hamatum
Atta sp
Gigantiops destructor
Labidus coecus
Eciton hamatum
Atta sp
Gigantiops destructor
Labidus coecus
Images by Brenda Irene Medina Jimenez (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Diving deeper

South Korea

Diving deeper

South Korea

Following her studies in Peru, Brenda continued her journey in South Korea, diving deeper into the mysteries of life and in her quest to understand evolution.

Diving deeper

South Korea

In the lab, Brenda studied the development of animal embryos, focusing on annelid worms, like the leech.

Diving deeper

South Korea

In the lab, Brenda studied the development of animal embryos, focusing on annelid worms, like the leech.


In leeches, Brenda found genes that are also present in other animals (being used similarly to leeches) giving further evidence how we all evolved from a common ancestor.

A new perspective

Sweden

A new perspective

Sweden

In Peru, she studied the differences in ants based on their physical appearances.

A new perspective

Sweden

In Peru, she studied the differences in ants based on their physical appearances.


In South Korea, she looked into animals, at their genes and studied their similarities.

A new perspective

Sweden

In Peru, she studied the differences in ants based on their physical appearances.

In South Korea, she looked into animals, at their genes and studied their similarities.


And now she is presently in Sweden and part of the EvoCELL network applying highly advanced methods to uncover evolutionary questions on a cellular level.

Questions

Questions

Questions come in all lengths and forms.

Questions

Questions come in all lengths and forms.


The important questions are intrinsically tied
to our identity and understanding of life.

Questions

Questions come in all lengths and forms.

The important questions are intrinsically tied
to our identity and understanding of life.


Childhood inquisitiveness is appreciated and rewarded.

Questions

Questions come in all lengths and forms.

The important questions are intrinsically tied
to our identity and understanding of life.

Childhood inquisitiveness is appreciated and rewarded.


But as we grow older, the questions become more complex and many of them unanswerable.

It is easier to accept an answer, whatever it might be, because the unknown is uncomfortable.

It is easier to accept an answer, whatever it might be, because the unknown is uncomfortable.


No wonder we often settle for

“It is what it is”

It is easier to accept an answer, whatever it might be, because the unknown is uncomfortable.

No wonder we often settle for

“It is what it is”

However, replacing it with

“I don’t know”

could lead us so much further.


It can be the beginning of a long
and interesting journey.

However, replacing it with

“I don’t know”

could lead us so much further.

It can be the beginning of a long
and interesting journey.


Which can open conversations and change one’s own understanding of the world.

When we follow a question,
we are likely to end up with many more.

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