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History of Evolutionary Thought

Fossils are problems if they are extinct then they

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Unformatted text preview: k the equilateral triangle also statistics: x- bar is the imperfect mean, but mu is the true mean Christian and natural theology Genesis: focusing on the origins, from the pattern seen in nature Based on the perfection of what is created by God. Fossils are problems. If they are extinct, then they weren’t perfect. Natural Theology: Linnaeus Study nature not to challenge the Biblical version but to celebrate God’s products by documenting and studying. Linnaeus tried to organize everything from less to more perfect (i.e. protozoa humans) He found it was easier to classify things hierarchically Linnaeus wasn’t using a theory of common ancestry to explain the perceived pattern of the hierarchical structure. It makes sense that this classification structure would emerge from evolution from a common ancestor. Linnaeus never figured out the process behind the pattern. Pre- 19th Century An interest in ultimate explanations Why things are the way they are, but origins not change The idea of change conflicted with the paradigm of a harmonious world Softening the gro...
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