Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, and his related theory of sexual selection, completely changed the way biologists approach the study of life. Yet there was a great deal that Darwin did not know, and it took more than a century before his theory was united with genetics, leading to the modern science of evolution. All in all, the course will focus on what Darwin knew, what he was right and wrong about, how modern biology and genetics have broadened his theory, why scientists find it so congenial, and why fundamentalists from many religions vehemently reject it." />
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield (map)
815 Rosemary Terrace
Deerfield, IL 60015
Instructor:
  • Jim Kenney
$39.00 3 weeks $39; single session $15.
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What Darwin Never Knew—The Evolution of Evolution
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, and his related theory of sexual selection, completely changed the way biologists approach the study of life. What’s more, the implications of his theories—including the notion that all living species, including humans, are descended from a common ancestor—revolutionized our views of who we are and where we come from. Yet there was a great deal that Darwin did not know, and it took more than a century before his theory was united with genetics, leading to the modern science of evolution. We’ll learn how the biggest gap in Darwin’s knowledge — the nature of heredity — was solved by Gregor Mendel’s studies on pea plants but remained largely unknown until the year 1900, long after Darwin’s death. All in all, the course will focus on what Darwin knew, what he was right and wrong about, how modern biology and genetics have broadened his theory, why scientists find it so congenial, and why fundamentalists from many religions vehemently reject it.

Dates and Times

07/02/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesdays, July 2-16 (3 weeks)
07/09/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesdays, July 2-16 (3 weeks)
2/3
Session two of three.
07/16/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesdays, July 2-16 (3 weeks)
3/3
Final session.