Bio171-F11-Lec 22(1)

Bio171-F11-Lec 22(1) - Biology 171 Friday, October 28, 2011...

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Unformatted text preview: Biology 171 Friday, October 28, 2011 Lecture 22: Evolutionary Perspective on Life Announcements Next Week in Discussion: Population Genetics/ Evolution Simulations Text Reading Lecture 22: Chapter 24 (423-432) Lecture 23: Chapter 25 (440-443) Genetic Drift (concluded) Inbreeding Evolution - why the controversy? How science & religion differ and why mixing them is problematic for both. Historical perspectives Darwin & the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection However, evolution is by far the most controversial topic in U.S. science education and is frequently a live issue in political campaigns. Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution (Theodosius Dobzhansky) Evolution - why the controversy? However, evolution is by far the most controversial topic in U.S. science education and is frequently a live issue in political campaigns. Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution (Theodosius Dobzhansky) Evolution - why the controversy? "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy. John Huntsman I am a f rm believer in in tl igent design as a ma T er o F ai and in tl ect, and I believe it should be presen t d i n s chools alongside e eories of evolu on. Rick Perry I think its a theory. The theory of evolution. And I dont accept it as a theory The creator that I know created us, each and every one of us and created the universe. Ron Paul In some ways, to believe in evolution is almost like a following; a cult following - Michelle Bachmann Why is there a controversy about biological evolution in US but not in many other countries? Poll conducted by researches around the world asking respondents to respond true , false or not sure to the following question: "Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals." The percentage of respondents who replied that this statement was true is marked in blue; those who responded that it was false, in red; and those who were not sure, in yellow. Miller et al. 2006. Science sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/ 313/5788/765/F1 POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN BOTH GOD AND EVOLUTION? Possible: 67%; Not Possible: 29% Why do 2/3rds of Americans agree with this question, i.e. , how does it differ from that above? Survey of 800 Texans Feb. 2010 A large majority of Americans believe that humans are products of divine creation either directly (as envisaged above by Michaelangelo), or indirectly (as proposed in the Intelligent Design paradigm). 64% are open to the idea of teaching creationism together with evolution, In another poll question, 38% favor replacing evolution with creationism There is practically no substantive debate on this hot political potato among scientists - the vast majority of whom have no desire to see aspects of religious thought incorporated into science curricula....
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Bio171-F11-Lec 22(1) - Biology 171 Friday, October 28, 2011...

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