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A general reading book for those especially interested in Evolution and the philosophy of science
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.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Adaptation - Charles Darwin - Darwin - Evolution - biodiversity - biogeography - eukaryote - genes - the origin - theory of evolution
Acknowledgements Preface: The Importance of Science Introduction: The Aim of This Book
Part I: Two Ways of Explaining the World - Supernaturalism and Naturalism - The Incompatibility of Science and Religion - Further Reading List
Part II: How Science Works - Nullius in Verba - Occam`s Razor - Religious Belief amongst Leading Scientists - Uncertainty - The Importance of Defining Terms - Facts, Theories and Hypotheses - Science and Religion Compared - The Naturalistic Origins of Moral Values - Further Reading List
Part III: Darwin`s Theory of Evolution - Biodiversity - Adaptation - Possible Explanations for Biodiversity & Adaptation - The Early Life of Charles Darwin - Evolution by Natural Selection - Direct Observation of Natural Selection in Finches - Historical Context of the Idea of Natural Selection - Common Misconceptions about Natural Selection - Genetic Drift - Further Reading List
Part IV: The Evidence for Evolution - Similarities at the Molecular Level - The Unity of Biochemistry - The Principles of Molecular Biology - The Tree of Life - Lateral Gene Transfer - The Origin of Eukaryotes - Similarities at the Anatomical Level - Direct Observation - Transitional Fossils - Logical Inference - Hierarchical Classification - Biogeography - Vestigial Structures - Further Reading List
Part V: The Evolution of Eyes - One of Darwin`s Difficulties - Light-Detection Structures - Plausible Evolutionary Possibilities - Genetic Control of Eye Formation - Further Reading List