Sarah Schnellbacher's picture

The Stagnation of Evolution through Standardization

I am currently enrolled in an interdisciplinary biology and English course at Bryn Mawr College titled “The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories” in which my classmates and I have begun to explore the process of evolutionary thought and applying this perspective to our own lives. Recently during a class discussion we were asked to define “evolutionary theory”. Though we all had a general notion of what evolutionary theory is, everyone in the course found it difficult to produce a dictionary definition that accurately could encompass the many aspects of evolution into a set of short and sweet sentences without steering into the taboo “survival of the fittest”.

vlopez's picture

The Quest for Truth: Science & Religion

OrganizedKhaos's picture

Ignorance is Bliss?

Chance is defined as  the unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause. In the Origin of Species, Darwin's view on this topic is that those occurrences that we recognize as chance are in fact a pattern and our ignorance which makes it impossible for us to acknowledge its existence. To think that stories of evolution that exist today (in my years of education and schooling) incorporate the aspects of chance within them makes me think about the way in which science and literature are very much connected. 

cr88's picture

"Culture" and Civilization in Darwin's The Origin of Species

 One thing I found really interesting when reading Darwin's text was the incursion of ideas regarding the cultural superiority of Europe/the West into Darwin's discourse on the nature of evolution. "If it has taken centuries or thousands of years to improve or modify most of our plants up to their present standard of usefulness to man," writes Darwin, "we can understand how it is that neither Australia, the Cape of Good Hope, nor any other region inhabited by quite uncivilized man, has afforded us a single plant worth culture" (118). Darwin's use of the word "culture" is particularly interesting here.

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"The Commercialization of Clinical Trials: An Examination of Resulting Ethical Issues"

The Commercialization of Clinical Trials:  An Examination of Resulting Ethical Issues

ecollier's picture

The Future of Cultural Change is Future Cultural Change

            Human culture is in constant motion. Human beings seem to have a long history of forward thinking. Because of this, cultural change has been taking place constantly from the beginning of culture. More specifically, the fight for equality for various oppressed groups of society have fought or been fought for since inequalities existed. More recently, the fight for animal rights has been a priority in many minds. As has happened in the past, animals will one day lay claim to some form of official documentation of rights.

Hillary G's picture

How Marijuana Could Change America

 Hillary Godwin

October 26, 2010

How Marijuana Could Change America

Julie G.'s picture

The Evolution of Charlie Chaplin


The Evolution of Charlie Chaplin

Julie Gorham

Wednesday 10th November 2010

Writing Assignment #7

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See no evil...

December selection of the Slippery Brain Sodality, discussion started Dec. 5th, 2010

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Brain, Education, and Inquiry - Fall, 2010: Session 14E

Brain, Education, and Inquiry

Bryn Mawr College, Fall 2010

Session 14E

Facilitated by Amenah, skindeep

Emotions and Classroooms





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