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28Oct/133

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea #3

Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species of species was a courageous act, mostly due to the time period in which he lived in. For 15 centuries the dominant idea had been that God was the creator of everything about the earth and its inhabitants. Since this religious belief had such a strong foundation and such a great following through out the world, anything that outright contradicted this belief was not likely to be accepted. And since these idea were so radical, there was always the possibility that we would a become a laughing stock, and could ruin his career and image as a prestigious scientist. When you bring all of this to mind, the fact that he published On the Origins of Species is rather insane. Everything could have gone wrong, but Darwin was the sort of courageous revolutionist that would risk it for the greater good of science, and for the understanding of the roots of man kind, and every other living thing on earth.

-Niall

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24Oct/133

Darwin’s Dangerous Ideas

Why was Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species a courageous act?

Darwin made a very courageous and good act of publishing his book because of many reasons. Picture you are living in England in 1835 to 1858 working as a scientist, which is a profession that went against everything that he grew up around, and what his community believed. One of the most important things in Darwin's community was the church and religion. When Darwin first started to developed his ideas about evolution, he tried to bring in the religious idea with his, but as his research continued on, he realized that religion and God didn't have anything to do with the creation and evolution of organisms. The other reason why the publication of his book was so courageous was because near the time when he was started to seriously think about publishing his book, Wallace, a fellow scientist who was well liked in the community, published a paper on the same subject matter as Darwin's paper. When Darwin discovered this, he worried that it would seem like he stole the idea from Wallace and wouldn't be as accepted by the community not only because of that but also because Wallace's ideas on creation weren't as radical as Darwin's because he included God in the process of creation and evolution. Darwin also had to think about his personal life in the grand scheme of things. He was wanting to ask his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and wanted to ask for her hand in marriage, but he was worried that she would say no to him because of his ideas. This goes along with the idea that Charles would be shunned by the community and the people he loved because of his ideas. Even with these concerns, in the end Darwin published On the Origin of Species, which went on to be a very important part of future science.

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23Oct/133

Born As A Scientist- Natalie Giduz

Question #1.

I believe the reason for Darwin's success in science was because of his personality. At the beginning of the movie Darwin was sitting still holding a butterfly, he was very gentle with it, this makes me think he found peace with animals. Because of this he spent lots of time with animals studying them and making observations. He was not afraid to question logic that others believed in, he though deep into things didn't let others influence his thoughts. Darwin was able to create his own logic for his theories, even if other scientists did not understand it. He used analogies to explain evolution, for example she said described the evolution of finches beaks as a tree. Darwin taught his daughter Annie all about the natural world and natural selection, he was able to teach all his unique ideas.

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23Oct/133

Evidence for Natural Selection – Camden Kronhaus

There have been many types of evidence that point to the concept of natural selection. One way that pointed to natural selection was the behavior of HIV. When patients with HIV were given medicine, the virus would adapt to the new medicines so they would have no effect. This virus changed to make sure it lived on through natural selection. Another way that Darwin found evidence of natural selection was within the Galapagos Islands where he saw that on each island the birds were slightly different. From there he saw that natural selection caused the birds to adapt to slightly different environments to help the reproduce and get food more easily.

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23Oct/135

Evidence of evolution through Natural Selection by Olivia Postel

4.) What types of evidence have scientists uncovered to support the concept of evolution through natural selection?

Darwin started forming ideas after he visited the Galápagos Islands, and found finches that were almost identical except for their beaks - the beaks had changed over a couple of generations because of a drought, and natural selection had caused the beaks to adapt the whatever seeds were available on the island that the finches lived on. More recently, scientists in South America have been looking at praying mantis that have evolved to look almost exactly like the leaf types. They even have the veins. Perhaps the most convincing is the DNA evidence between different species. The more spelling changes there were, the mortars had passed since a common ancestor. There is also the abolition, the adaption, and the natural selection of viruses such as the HIV virus - it can adapt within hours to a new drug.

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23Oct/132

Darwin’s dangerous ideas #3 Sonio Kum

Darwin's dangerous Ideas. Question 3

Back in the 1800s, Christianity was prominent and is was believed that God was the sole creator and it was also believed that humans were superior to another organism since god created them "Out of his own image." So when Darwin brought forth his idea of evolution/Natural Selection and published his On The Origin of Species, he could have been killed, because it was basically saying that god didn't exist and that it was really just nature that created everything around us today. His acts were also courageous as it also kind of went against his wife, who was a huge Christian believer and it also kind of took away his esteem for a while, because the idea of just how humans are related to apes was outrageous to the scientists. However despite these obstacles, Darwin persisted and according to the movie, he even got stomach problems due to his stress to find evidence to support his claim! So, when he finally published his works, it was through many hardships and that was what made Darwin's act courageous.

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23Oct/131

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea #3 by Ashley Kim

On the Origin of Species was definitely a courageous act especially during the prime period that Darwin lived in. This is because during that time period especially in England, many people were Christian and believed deeply in the Bible and God. They believed that God created everything and every body on earth and that God controls everything that happens. Since Darwin realized that this is not true at all and was able to prove it in this book, many people greatly disliked his ideas and him. They didn't like the fact that he did not believe that God was the creator of everything and so this put him, his family, and friends all in danger. I think that it is really inspiring that he didn't let the harsh comments and discouragement get to him and his ideas. It should inspire many people to persevere through the obstacles in order to accomplish something bigger.

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23Oct/131

Question 3 about Darwin

Why was Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species a courageous act?

 

I think that Darwin's publication of his book was a courageous act because it went against

pretty much everything Darwin had a religious belief in. His entire book went against the bible's ideas of creation. At that time, the bible was a central way of living in Europe, and Darwin was purposing a different idea to how humans came to be. He said how we evolved, and the theory of natural selection was said by him. Both of which, went against the teachings of the bible. He also said that people were just another organism on the planet, which was very hard for people who were strongly religious. To them, man was superior. In Darwin's book, he states that we just so happened to have developed the way we did. I do believe that idea that one man stated during the video about being a believer and also believing the ideas of evolution and natural selection. I personally think that God is behind natural selection and evolution, and that's his plan.

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23Oct/132

Darwin’s dangerous idea; #4 by Abby Carey-Ewend

#4: what types of evidence have scientist uncovered to support the concept of evolution through natural selection?

There is a lot of evidence that supports the concept of evolution. For example, Finches have changed over the years. They need to have certain beaks so they can live and if a finch didn't have the right beak they would die and all the finches with the correct beak would live and the population would change. Another example of natural selection is moths. Back in the industrial age moths used to be a different color, but the coal burning turned the trees certain colors that made it so the moths couldn't blend in. The moths who were the wrong color before now were camoflouged and all others died, turning the color of the moth population to another color.  These examples are a few of the many different changes that happened to animals and more.

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23Oct/132

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

4.) What types of evidence have scientists uncovered to support the concept of evolution through natural selection.

Birds nowadays support the concept of evolution through natural selection. An example would be the finches. Overtime there beaks changed to adapt to there enviroment. Also the evolution of eyes have changed to help us make a more clear image, and the eye became more spherical. Scientists have also compared the DNA of apes and humans, and uncovered that we have certain things in common.

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