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The Fact of Evolution.doc

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PHIL 1100
David Stamos

The Fact of Evolution hypothesis: educated guess theory: hypothesis with some evidence going for it fact: when the truth of a belief/theory is beyond a reasonable doubt (not to be confused with Descartes’ beyond all possible doubt, which is a ridiculous standard, which even his cogito ergo sum does not meet) Evolution is treated as a fact in the science of biology, not a theory Read top-notch biologists (not other sources), and actually find out for yourself! Some good books on the topic by top-notch professional biologists: Jerry A. Coyne (2009). Why Evolution Is True. Kenneth R. Miller (2008). Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul Richard Dawkins (2008). The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Ernst Mayr (2001). What Evolution Is. John Brockman, ed. (2006). Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement. [most of the contributors to this volume are scientists] The same is stated in biology textbooks, e.g.: Douglas Futuyma (1998). Evolutionary Biology. There are also excellent essays, e.g.: David Quammen (2004). “Was Darwin Wrong? No. The Evidence for Evolution is Overwhelming.” National Geographic (Nov., pp. 2–35). Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution.” American Biology Teacher (35, 125–129). Dobzhansky
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