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Friday, Jan. 18, 2007 I. Evolution  is the unifying theory of biology A. The place of evolution  in the pursuit of science 1. Evolution  is a fact: ”confirmed  to such a degree that it would  be perverse  to withhold  provisional consent.” 2.  Theory has significant status  in scientific thinking: an often-tested   hypothesis that has failed to be rejected 3. Mechanisms  of evolution  are theoretical in that they are the set of testable  hypothesis that make up  the theory. B. An awareness of evolution  as a pervasive mechanism  in living systems leads to  a expanded  set of questions.  1. Proximate deals with observations  and  mechanisms  occurring  in the  present;  2. Ultimate deals with mechanisms  of how  we got here (evolutionary  
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Unformatted text preview: questions) C. Examples of an ultimate hypothesis: 1. Morning sickness: pregnant women suffer food related nausea in early pregnancy as an adaptation that protects a developing fetus from food toxins. 2. Both proximate and ultimate solutions to the symptoms are appropriate. D. Example of proximate mistake (according to Dr. Sajdak): Monkey Pox 1. Drug development targeting a single amino acid might be short sighted given the ultimate prospective of evolution. 2. Ultimate view suggests a single drug may be short sighted and supports other solutions. 3. Conserved traits may be useful targets for prevention / treatment E. Satisfies the need to know!!...
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