Lecture 2 - ANTHROPOLOGY1 Professor Terrence Deacon...

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ANTHROPOLOGY1 Professor Terrence Deacon 01/19/12 Lecture 2 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy, or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. ANNOUNCEMENTS I want to start off by reminding you that you must be enrolled in a section. As of yesterday evening and this morning, anyone who could be added to a section off the wait-list was added. But there are still many of you who are not in the class. I'm going to tell you the sections that still have available seats. There's not a lot: the Tuesday 9-10 a.m. section has 4 seats available. Thursday 9-10 a.m. has 2 seats. Thursday 4-5 p.m. has 1 seat, and Friday 9-10 a.m . has 1 seat. If you still don't have a section, when this class is over, go to telebears and enroll as soon as you can. And finally, next week in section, you need to show up ready to take a quiz , which will be posted on bspace this afternoon. Go online and take a look at that list of questions, which will be answerable from the material I talk about today. You also need to bring a blue book . If you don't, you'll be instructed to leave and go buy one, and you may miss the quiz. Student: Where do we find the quiz questions on bspace? They will be located in bspace under “Resources,” in a file called “Quizzes.” It has not been posted yet, and nor has Tuesday's lecture. Both will be done this afternoon. If you have trouble getting to bspace, contact me or talk to me after lecture so I can point you in the right direction. LECTURE Today, I want to begin our discussion of natural selection, something Darwin came up with to explain how variation appeared on our planet and why creatures are the way that they are. I will begin by talking about the theoretical background to explain why the concept is difficult for many people to comprehend and accept, especially those who prefer an idea of divine design. What we’re trying to do in this class is answer a bunch of questions about what we are, and why we are the way that we are. For example, why are we the only organisms to use language? To go through menopause? Why do primates have such unique color vision? Why are our babies so helpless? If you appeal to the mind of the divine designer, you will come up with no explanation at all. Instead, you get responses such as: “you just are,” or “it's the way God designed us,” etc. Evolution can be confusing because we like to think
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