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LECTURE 1 - L E C T U R E 1 What is evolution? o Change. o...

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Unformatted text preview: L E C T U R E 1 What is evolution? o Change. o Evolution is change that occurs when allele frequencies (genetic variance/characteristics) change in a population (over a generation) o Individuals cannot change o Evolution occurs at a group of interbreeding individuals o Change in the gene pool. o One variance more common than another over generations. History of evolutionary thought o Pre-darwin Wherever then all the parts came about just what they would have been if they had come to be for an end, such things survived, being organized spontaneously in a fitting way; whereas those which grew otherwise perished and continute to perish. English translation: evolution by natural selection Aristotle on Empedocles (c. 490-430 BC)0 species as types, behavior is instinctual typological o typological thinking pervaded western biology for over 2000 years and hindered acceptance of evolutionary theories species are immutable and within species variation is neglibile variation results from mistakes Theory of Special Creation Species were created independently of each other Species do not change over time o No evolution o No extinction Species were created recently Historia animalium Great chain of being No progression/ no change, humans were stuck and on one place/level o Man had fallen from the garden of Eden The Enlightenment (18 th century) Major advances in art, science, philosophy Open discourse, academies. Universities Transition from o Mans inability to progress forward o Man controls his own life Challenges to special creation Darwins influences o...
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