Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Darwin article link and questions

Hey folks,
Here's a link to the Darwin article - http://www.newsweek.com/id/51528 and the questions in case ya lost the silly thing.

Please answer 7 of the 11 questions below. (Please include the bold questions as part of your seven).
1. Why do you think evolution’s opponents use the term “Darwinism” instead of evolution?
2. Why did Charles Darwin finally publish The Origin of Species in 1859?
3. Provide at least two possible reasons for Darwin’s intestinal distress and heart palpitations during this time period with explanations.
4. Why was Darwin’s evidence so important in proving his theory?
5. How did the glyptodont fossil help with Darwin’s theory?
6. What was Charles Darwin’s more radical achievement, according to the article?
7. How did Thomas Malthus fit into Charles Darwin’s ideas?
8. What was the great implication for mankind in Darwin’s new book, The Descent of Man, published in 1871?
9. How did Darwin describe his own religious beliefs?
10. When did he first start doubting?
11. The article quotes a believer as saying that “suffering is ‘ennobling, an agent of moral improvement.’” Darwin’s favorite daughter, 10-year old Annie, died from TB in 1851, led him into some very dark places. Do you agree or disagree with this argument about suffering? Why or why not? Feel free to use a personal example.

Due Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another neat article by Newsweek: How Lincoln and Darwin have influenced our thoughts: http://www.newsweek.com/id/143742?tid=relatedcl

1 comment:

  1. Blog # 10
    TJ Hyland
    In my opinion, the American society is lacking more beauty as time goes by. Our cities are filled with more and more polluting factories, our “standard” for beauty is becoming higher and higher, and we continue to destroy the earth. I really do think that we as Americans should stop putting so much emphasis on being physically perfect. It is progressively getting worse as well. In the eighteen hundreds, women were supposed to have curves, and now if there is a heavy breeze, they are supposed to blow away. Is there any wonder why more and more teenagers are developing diseases like bulimia and anorexia? Our media should stop putting all of these skinny malnourished people in all of our TV ads. I see a crest toothpaste commercial, and instead of focusing on teeth, they focus on the girl’s body. We should start focusing on important things, like saving our environment. Not only is the image of American people getting worse, but it seems to me like their personalities are declining as well. I doubt that George Washington would cheat on his wife while in the white house, and on top of that, I doubt that the media would make a huge scandal out of it.


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