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Evolution is just a theory, isn't it? What is a scientific theory anyway? Don't scientists prove things? What is the difference between a fact, a hypothesis and a theory in science? How does scientific thinking differ from religious thinking? Why are most leading scientists atheists? Are science and religion compatible? Why are there so many different religious beliefs but only one science? What is the evidence for evolution? Why does evolution occur? If you are interested in any of these questions and have some knowledge of biology, this book is for you.…mehr

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Evolution is just a theory, isn't it? What is a scientific theory anyway? Don't scientists prove things? What is the difference between a fact, a hypothesis and a theory in science? How does scientific thinking differ from religious thinking? Why are most leading scientists atheists? Are science and religion compatible? Why are there so many different religious beliefs but only one science? What is the evidence for evolution? Why does evolution occur? If you are interested in any of these questions and have some knowledge of biology, this book is for you.

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • Erscheinungstermin: 18.01.2010
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9789048131839
  • Artikelnr.: 37413352
Inhaltsangabe
1 Introduction

The Importance of Science

Origins of this Book

Aims of this Book

The Theory of Evolution

Features of the Second Edition

Part I The Nature of Science

2 Two Ways of Explaining the Universe

Supernaturalism and Naturalism

The Incompatibility of Religion and Science

Further Reading List

3 How Science Works

General Principles

Nullius in verba

Occam`s razor

Religious Belief among Leading Scientists

Naturalistic Origins of Religious Beliefs

Patternicity and Agenticity

Uncertainty

Science and Religion Compared

Naturalistic Origins of Moral Values

Further Reading List

Part II The Science of Nature

4 Darwin`s Theory of Evolution
Biodiversity

Adaptation

Possible Explanations for Biodiversity and Adaptation

The Early Life of Charles Darwin

Evolution by Natural Selection

Direct Observations of Natural Selection

Historical Context of the Idea of Natural Selection

Common Misconceptions about Natural Selection
Genetic Drift

Further Reading List

5 The Evidence for Evolution

Seven Main Lines of Evidence

Similarities at the Molecular Level

Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

Similarities at the Anatomical Level

Direct Observation

Transitional Fossils

Logical Inference

Hierarchical Classification

Vestigial Structures

6 Some Major Events in Evolution

Time-Line of Evolution

Mass Extinction Events
Determining the Age of Rocks

The Earliest Forms of Life

The Rise in Atmospheric Oxygen

The Origin of Eukaryotic Cells

7 The Evolution of Eyes

Darwin`s Difficulties

Light-Detecting Structures

Eyes in Unicellular Eukaryotes

Plausible Evolutionary Possibilities

8 Human Evolution

Time-Line of Human Evolution

Sahelanthropus

Orrorin

Ardipithecus

Australopithecus

Paranthropus

The genus Homo

Further Reading List

Pale Blue Dot

Definitions

Suggestions for Discussion Topics