Science as a Way of Knowing Introducing Mr. Darwin

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12/09/09 1 Hypothetico-deductive method Question Hypothesis Deduction Test Evaluation
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12/09/09 2 Historical aspects of life sciences Four basic questions in biology 1. Origin: Where did organisms come from? 2. Diversity: How can we account for the variations among organisms? 3. Adaptations: How can we explain the specializations of organs and organisms? 4. Scala naturae: What is the basis for the scale of nature (the range in size)?
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12/09/09 3 Two Hypotheses 1. Divine creation = Supreme being created organisms exactly as they appear today Species do not change = i.e. They are fixed and immutable Novel derivation = Intelligent design The supreme being is the answer to the previous questions in Biology
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12/09/09 4 Divine creation as an hypothesis 1. Simple 2. Stimulated research 1. Did not make predictions 2. Used supernatural explanations 3. Could not be tested 4. Could not be modified good Poor
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12/09/09 5 2. Evolution hypothesis Evolution = organisms change through time Species are not fixed
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2009 for the course BIO 200 taught by Professor Herreid during the Spring '07 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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