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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Darwinian Revolution for describing
the history of evolution science and Darwin's great
contribution of the theory of natural selection.

The Darwinian Revolution
Lectures by Professor Frederick Gregory

The Darwinian Revolution (2008) - 24 lectures, 12 hours
The Darwinian Revolution at TheGreatCourses.com

Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species - the text that introduced the world to natural selection - is among a handful of books that have changed the world. Born amid a ferment of speculation about evolutionary scenarios in the early 19th century; vilified and later pronounced dead at the turn of the 20th century; and spectacularly confirmed by discovery after discovery in succeeding decades-natural selection ranks with the theories of Copernicus and Newton for its iconic stature in science.

But the route to that status has been surprisingly circuitous and uncertain. Darwin's profoundly revolutionary message has often been misunderstood, and so have his own views on evolution, the intellectual background that led to them, and the turbulent history of their reception.

Consider the following points:

1. Although Darwinism and evolution are often equated, evolution was debated long before Darwin's time. Darwin's innovation was to propose an astonishingly powerful process for how evolution took place: natural selection.

2. By 1900, Darwin's theory was near death, superseded by the widely accepted view that evolution did indeed occur, but under a purpose-driven mechanism that had little to do with natural selection.

3. In the 1930s, Darwinism made a stunning comeback as researchers realized that the small variations required by natural selection were indeed driving evolution. The resulting "evolutionary synthesis" reigns to this day.

Professor Frederick Gregory is Professor of History of Science at the University of Florida, where he has taught for 30 years, He earned a B.S. from Wheaton College in Illinois, a seminary degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master's degree in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: The Meaning of Evolution 13: A Nadir for Natural Selection
2: The Way It Used to Be 14: Ground for Recovery
3: Theories of Evolution in the 18th Century 15: Human Evolution
4: Fossils and Catastrophism 16: The Scopes Trial
5: Theories of Evolution just before Darwin 17: Lamarckian Inheritance on Stage
6: Why Evolution Was Rejected before Darwin 18: Forging an Evolutionary Synthesis
7: Darwin's Conversion to Evolution 19: Evolution and Molecular Biology
8: What's in On the Origin of Species? 20: The Rise of Biblical Creationism
9: How Origin Fared among Scientists 21: Tinkering with Evolutionary Theory
10: The Religious Reaction to Darwinism 22: The Heritage of Eugenics
11: The Social Implications of Evolution 23: Intelligent Design
12: Evolution and Heredity 24: Adding Things Up


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The Darwinian Revolution
Lectures by Professor Frederick Gregory

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Darwinian Revolution for describing
the history of evolution science and Darwin's great
contribution of the theory of natural selection.