Biology - Biology & Society The last part of the...

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The last part of the course, Biology and Society , is the shortest and contains the topics science and ethics, human population growth, and “the Sixth Extinction” (Wilson, 1992). Part Four brings the major trends in the history of life to the present by addressing some of the major questions of our times. How does scientific knowledge affect social, ethical questions? How has science changed our world? What is the status of biodiversity today, and what role does humanity play in it? By asking these questions we can show the connections between the growth of the human population and the loss of biodiversity. And finally, we can pose the question of what our ethical responsibilities are in this, the sixth, and potentially the worst, mass extinction event in the history of life on Earth. To the best of my knowledge, there are currently no textbooks on the market that follow the scope and sequence I have used in my non-major’s course in biology. There
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course BSC BSC1085 taught by Professor Sharonsimpson during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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