Outline 01 2008 Nothing in Biology

Outline 01 2008 Nothing in Biology - Lecture 01: NOTHING IN...

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Lecture 01: NOTHING IN BIOLOGY MAKES SENSE EXCEPT IN THE LIGHT OF EVOLUTION Summary. Biology is not just an assemblage of facts about the natural world, but it is a scientific discipline. As such, it is actually a process that provides a way of knowing how the world works. The textbook differentiates two variants of this process, discovery science, which is characterized as inductive and hypothesis-based science, which is characterized as deductive. While these two variants are occasionally viewed as less or more rigorous, both share in common the property that they make predictions which are falsifiable. Concepts and even “facts” in biology can be proven wrong and new understanding about the natural world can take the place of older ideas. This process of inquiry that allows conclusions to be demonstrated as false is what sets biology apart from other methods of explaining the natural world. The major theme that runs through all of modern biology and unifies the discipline is
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2009 for the course BIO 1110 taught by Professor Randywayne during the Fall '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Outline 01 2008 Nothing in Biology - Lecture 01: NOTHING IN...

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