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Darwin's Natural Selection
This paper discusses Darwin's evolutionist' theory of natural selection: Historical/scientific background (Lamarckianism & Malthusianism), "The Origin of Species", influences and punctuated equilibrium.
# 21726 | 2,250 words | 8 sources | 1994 | US
Published on Mar 06, 2003 in History (Leaders) , Biology (General)


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"More than a century after his death, and four generations after the publication of his chief work, The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin remains possibly the most controversial scientist in the world. His name is inextricably associated with the debate (now a political and cultural one, not a scientific one) that continues to swirl around the theory of evolution, a theory that deeply shook the Western view of humanity and its place in the world.

We conventionally speak simply of the theory of evolution, leaving off the explanatory phrase, "through natural selection." At most, perhaps, the general public has heard of "survival of the fittest"--an unfortunate phrase, since fitness in everyday usage is associated primarily with physical conditioning and athletic ability. "Survival of the most suited to its ... "

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