BIOL202 - Study Guide - Lecture 22 - Evolution Is It Just a Theory

BIOL202 - Study Guide - Lecture 22 - Evolution Is It Just a Theory

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STUDY GUIDE: LECTURE 22 EVOLUTION: JUST A THEORY? The main conclusion arrived at in this work, namely that man is descended from some lowly organized form, will, I regret to think be highly distasteful to many. Charles Darwin, 1871 Supplemental Readings (on course website: 1) Excerpt from Futuyama, D.J. 1998. Evolutionary Biology, 3 rd ed. Sinauer, Sunderland MA 2) Holt, J. Unintelligent design. New York Times Magazine, 20 Feb ‘05 Online Investigation (links also available on course website) Go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/teachstuds/svideos.html Watch Videos 1 and 7. Inference : (infer) a conclusion you can draw from the available evidence Questions from Reading and Videos: 1. In science, what is a hypothesis ? An educated guess 2. Microevolution and macroevolution are considered established facts . In science, when we say something is fact , w hat does this mean? A hypothesis so firmly supported by observation and experiment that it is taken as truth. 3. What is a “ theory ” in common usage? What is a theory in science? It is most commonly used as an unsupported hypothesis, a guess. In science it is a collection of interconnected ideas that scientists hold as the best current explanation for some phenomena in nature. 4. Any biologist will tell you that there is still much work to do on the Theory of Evolution. Does this mean the whole theory is in doubt or of questionable reliability?
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course BIOL 202 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '05 term at Maryland.

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BIOL202 - Study Guide - Lecture 22 - Evolution Is It Just a Theory

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