Integrative Biology 24, Section 6

The Darwinian Revolution (1 unit, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE

Professor Brent Mishler
Thursday 10:00-11:00, 4110 Valley Life Sciences Building, Class number: 25111

The Darwinian Revolution was one of the greatest upheavals in human thought, involving the very basis of our self-awareness: Where did we come from? What is or should be the basis for our ethics and social behavior? Where are we going? Topics to be considered include the historical antecedents of Darwin's theories; the scientific evidence for evolution and natural selection; the impact of Darwinism on religion, social theory, and ethics; later scientific developments and recent challenges by latter-day creationists. The goal is to use these interdisciplinary topics as an exemplar of scientific methods and change, and of the unsteady relationship between science and the public. In addition to attending and participating in each week's lecture/discussion, each student will be required to write a short paper (five pages maximum) due at the end of the semester.

Instructor Bio

Brent Mishler is Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, where he teaches phylogenetic systematics and plant diversity. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1984, and was on the faculty at Duke University in Durham, NC for nine years before moving to UC Berkeley in 1993.

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