Professor Terrence Deacon
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I want to start off by reminding you that you
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
section has 4 seats available. Thursday 9-10
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
, which will be posted on
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
. 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
They will be located in bspace under
in a file called
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.
Today, I want to begin our discussion of
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
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
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.
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