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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 21: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 Biology 171 Todays Topic: Darwinian Perspective on Life Announcements This Week in Discussion: Population Genetics Simulations Exam II Tonight 6-8PM Text Reading Lec 21 : 2 nd ed: Chapter 23 (494-513) 3 rd ed: Chapter 24 (481-500) Lec 22: 2 nd ed: Chapter 24 (520-527) 3 rd ed: Chapter 25 (508-511; 520-523 ) Evolution - why the controversy? How science & religion differ and why mixing them is problematic for both. Historical perspectives Darwin & his Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection Lines of evidence for this model of evolution 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 (Dobzhansky) Evolution - why the controversy? Bush Remarks On 'Intelligent Design' Theory Fuel Debate Washington Post August 3, 2005 Bush told Texas newspaper reporters in a group interview at the White House on Monday that he believes that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution as competing theories . President Bush invigorated proponents of teaching alternatives to evolution in public schools with remarks saying that schoolchildren should be taught about "intelligent design , a view of creation that challenges established scientific thinking and promotes the idea that an unseen force is behind the development of humanity . "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. Palin is only candidate to suggest it should be discussed in schools. By TOM KIZZIA Anchorage Daily News Published: October 27, 2006 Public acceptance of evolution in 34 countries, 2005. 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? 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. There are very good reasons for this - namely science and religion represent very different approaches to seeking an understanding of the nature of reality ....
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Bio171-F08-lec21 - Lecture 21: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008...

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