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Complex Relations
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Complex Relations

In this text excerpted from chapter 3, Struggle for Existence, of Charles ... (more)

In this text excerpted from chapter 3, Struggle for Existence, of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Darwin draws on firsthand and historical information for his observations about evolution. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

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Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
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Readings
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PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Darwin and Design, Fall 2003
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Darwin and Design, Fall 2003

In Origin of Species, Darwin provided a model for understanding the existence ... (more)

In Origin of Species, Darwin provided a model for understanding the existence of objects and systems manifesting evidence of design without positing a designer, and of purpose and mechanism without intelligent agency. Texts deal with pre-Darwinian and later treatment of this topic within literature and speculative thought since the eighteenth century, with some attention to the modern study of "feedback mechanism" in artificial intelligence. Readings in Hume, Voltaire, Malthus, Darwin, Butler, Hardy, H. G. Wells, and Freud. This subject offers a broad survey of texts (both literary and philosophical) drawn from the Western tradition and selected to trace the immediate intellectual antecedents and some of the implications of the ideas animating Darwin's revolutionary On the Origin of Species. Darwin's text, of course, is about the mechanism that drives the evolution of life on this planet, but the fundamental ideas of the text have implications that range well beyond the scope of natural history, and the assumptions behind Darwin's arguments challenge ideas that go much further back than the set of ideas that Darwin set himself explicitly to question - ideas of decisive importance when we think about ourselves, the nature of the material universe, the planet that we live upon, and our place in its scheme of life. In establishing his theory of natural selection, Darwin set himself, rather self-consciously, to challenge a whole way of thinking about these things. The main focus of attention will be Darwin's contribution to the so-called "argument from design" - the notion that innumerable aspects of the world (and most particularly the organisms within it) display features directly analogous to objects of human design and, since design implies a designer, that an intelligent, conscious agency must have been responsible for their organization and creation. Previously, it had been argued that such features must have only one of two ultimate sources - chance or conscious agency. Darwin proposed and elaborated a third source, which he called Natural Selection, an unconscious agency capable of outdoing the most complex feats of human intelligence. The course of study will not only examine the immediate inspiration for this idea in the work of Adam Smith and Thomas Malthus and place Darwin's Origin and the theory of Natural Selection in the history of ensuing debate, but it will also touch upon related issues. (less)

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Humanities
Social Sciences
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kibel, Alvin C.
"Mathematical Darwinism, A Discussion of the Genetical Theory of Natural Selection," by J.B.S. Haldane, Eugenics Review (vol 23:1)
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"Mathematical Darwinism, A Discussion of the Genetical Theory of Natural Selection," by J.B.S. Haldane, Eugenics Review (vol 23:1)

Source Archive: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Theme(s):   Mendelian Heredity

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Social Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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David Micklos (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Dolan DNA Learning Center (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Elof Carlson (SUNY at Stony Brook;Biology Department X-AUDIENCE)
Garland Allen (Washington University at St. Louis;Biology Department X-AUDIENCE)
Jan Witkowski (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;Banbury Center X-AUDIENCE)
Paul Lombardo (University of Virginia;Center for Biomedical Ethics X-AUDIENCE)
Steven Selden (University of Maryland;Education Policy and Leadership Department X-AUDIENCE)
"Mathematical Darwinism, A Discussion of the Genetical Theory of Natural Selection," by J.B.S. Haldane, Eugenics Review (vol 23:1)( page 2 )
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"Mathematical Darwinism, A Discussion of the Genetical Theory of Natural Selection," by J.B.S. Haldane, Eugenics Review (vol 23:1)( page 2 )

Source Archive: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Theme(s):   Mendelian Heredity

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History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Technology
Social Sciences
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Reference
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
David Micklos (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Dolan DNA Learning Center (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Elof Carlson (SUNY at Stony Brook;Biology Department X-AUDIENCE)
Garland Allen (Washington University at St. Louis;Biology Department X-AUDIENCE)
Jan Witkowski (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;Banbury Center X-AUDIENCE)
Paul Lombardo (University of Virginia;Center for Biomedical Ethics X-AUDIENCE)
Steven Selden (University of Maryland;Education Policy and Leadership Department X-AUDIENCE)
"Mathematical Darwinism, A Discussion of the Genetical Theory of Natural Selection," by J.B.S. Haldane, Eugenics Review (vol 23:1)( page 3 )
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"Mathematical Darwinism, A Discussion of the Genetical Theory of Natural Selection," by J.B.S. Haldane, Eugenics Review (vol 23:1)( page 3 )

Source Archive: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Theme(s):   International Eugenics

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Life Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
David Micklos (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Dolan DNA Learning Center (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Elof Carlson (SUNY at Stony Brook;Biology Department X-AUDIENCE)
Garland Allen (Washington University at St. Louis;Biology Department X-AUDIENCE)
Jan Witkowski (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;Banbury Center X-AUDIENCE)
Paul Lombardo (University of Virginia;Center for Biomedical Ethics X-AUDIENCE)
Steven Selden (University of Maryland;Education Policy and Leadership Department X-AUDIENCE)
Natural Selection in Protected and Unprotected Populations
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Natural Selection in Protected and Unprotected Populations

In this simulation, learners model two elephant seal populations and how they ... (more)

In this simulation, learners model two elephant seal populations and how they change over time. Learners start with cards representing a variety of seals. Each generation, some seals survive to reproduce, passing on their traits to new seals. The amount of variation in the protected seal population stays high, while the unprotected population becomes more limited by selective pressure. In the related activity, learners can graph their data about the seal populations to show how they change over time. (less)

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Mathematics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Social Sciences
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
Berkeley Natural History Museums
Crissy Huffard
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