Bio 350 Lecture 1
Over the past 1000s of years species have followed 3 population growth patterns..that is every
species except one: homo sapiens
We have been immune to global carrying capacity since the project of civilization started
o But the party...will soon be over
To arrive at where we want to be, we need to take full account of where we came from and of what
we are. (Evolution and the Big Questions by David N. Stamos)
o Everyone has genes inherited from ancestors, only relatively few people left decendents
o We are consequences of this genetic legacy
Where are we now?
Look @ present state to see: How did we get here?
o What is the role of our species in reaching the present state of civilization
Understanding human affairs: How does evolutionary history explain human affairs, cultural norms:
goals, achievements we have and aim for
Where are we headed?
how genetic legacy affects our bheaviour
Everything that affects our mind, affects our behaviour
We humans are creatures who spend our whole lives trying to convince ourselves that our
existences is not absurd ~ Albert Camus
Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? (Gaugin)
Domains of Understanding
Religion all of life can be completely understood only by linking itin some way toa hgiehr spirit