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Bio 1B, Summer 2009 Evolution, Lecture 1 Professor Alan Shabel Page 1 of 3 Updated on 22 June 2009 EVOLUTION, LECTURE 1: HISTORY OF EVOLUTIONARY THOUGHT (1–8, 12–17, 452–458) Course structure and logistics . Biology 1B is an integrated course that includes lecture, lab, and discussion section. Lectures are held in 2050 VLSB , Monday–Thursday , from 12:10– 1:30 PM . Midterms are held in the same room during class time on 13 July, 27 July, and 13 August. There is no final exam. Office hours . My office hours will follow class, from 1:30–2:15 PM , in 3095 VLSB . Please make sure you are up-to-date on the reading (caught up to the previous day), so that office hours is productive for everyone. All of the GSIs will hold office hours each week as well. Lecture format . The lecture series is divided into three modules: (1) Evolution, (2) Ecology, and (3) Plants & Fungi. Each module has a review scheduled before its midterm. On the day of the review, I will tie up loose ends, review the entire module, and answer questions. Assigned readings . Note that the assigned readings for each day (from the 8 th edition of Campbell’s Biology ) are given after the lecture title (at the top of this page). BIODIVERSITY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE The extraordinary variety of living forms has always amazed and inspired humankind. Our ancestors were apparently as fascinated by nature as we are today, and ancient rock paintings, such as in the recently discovered cave of Chauvet, in southern France, show the exquisite attention to detail paid by human observers of wild animals (32,000 years ago). The biological knowledge and wisdom of indigenous cultures worldwide attest to the universal affinity of humans for other organisms. Psychologists have called the attraction of humans to living systems (evident in children from an early age), biophilia , and E. O. Wilson defined this phenomenon in terms of “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” The attention paid to nature by our ancestors was partly motivated by practical needs, and some of it was motivated by curiosity, awe, and respect. A similar mix of motives typifies the best scientists of the 21 st century.
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This note was uploaded on 07/04/2009 for the course BIO 1B taught by Professor Carlson,mischel,power during the Summer '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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