Evol_5 - Internalist vs. Externalist History Bowler...

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Internalist vs. Externalist History Bowler discusses two different approaches to the history of the Darwinian Revolution. Externalist history emphasizes social, political, ideological factors in the revolution. Internalist history emphasizes the role of empirical evidence (observations of nature) and reasoning in the development of the theory.
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Keep this distinction in mind as you read the later discussion. Darwin's Theory Charles Darwin had initially decided to train for the ministry, but his interests in natural history gradually absorbed most of his attention. As a student at Christ's College, he met several important naturalists, including Adam Sedgewick and John Henslow (a botanist).
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In 1831 he began a five-year expedition to South America, and his observations there led him to his revolutionary theory. 1. New fossils: giant forms of armadillo, sloth, llama. These suggested that there was a continuous development of species.
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2. Geographic distribution of species: Creationists generally
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