9-09-11 - Creation Stories Earth diver myth Scientific...

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Creation Stories Earth diver myth: Scientific Revolution 1450(ish) scientific model emerges: formulate a theory (hypothesis) and test against experimentation. Classification of living things: Linnaeus (1700s) turned this into a science: Taxonomy is the science of classification. What things look like and what they did: Species (“a population or group of populations that can interbreed and produce fertile viable offspring”), genus (“group of like species”), etc. Homo Sapiens are a species. The discovery of evolution: Catastrophism : (late 1700s) the Christian God created the earth, but then He destroyed it. He repeats this process several times. Uniformitarianism : (Lyell) The earth changes gradually. The earth is millions of years old. The processes occurring now, are the same processes that occurred in the past. Main idea: The laws of nature are unchanging. Evolution : (Darwin & Wallace) Change over time. Darwin: natural selection. Darwin was wealthy, Wallace was not. There is natural variation in traits, and that
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