First Midterm Article Summaries

First Midterm Article Summaries - Article 1 The Facts of...

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Article 1: The Facts of Evolution by Michael Shermer - Origin of Species : theory comes to and from the facts, not from political or philosophical beliefs, whether from God or the godfather of scientific empiricism. -William Paley: God vs. Darwin: natural selection -Fossils: Not many animal parts reach fossilization. Allopatric speciation: Rapid genetic changes in small founder group of population. -Convergence of evidence -Vestigial structures: proofs of evolutionary history. Why would an Intelligent Designer have created these? Article 2: Happy Birthday, Linnaeus by Richard Conniff -Linnaeus: inventor of two-part scientific naming system, genus and species. -Buffon: Histoire naturalle. -Linnaeus rooted their definition created by God, while Buffon defined scientifically. -Buffon points out absurdity and mistakes of Linnaeus’ work. -Society prefers Linnaeus for his religious references, rather than mere science. Article 3: Evolution in Action by Jonathan Weiner
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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