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theory of evolution


Though widely accepted by scientists, the Theory of Evolution has been controversial since the Scopes Trial.
  the theory that species evolve and originate through natural selection and genetic drift
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Charles Darwin published the theory in his book Origin of the Species (1859). The theory is central to the study of Biology and is accepted by a great majority of scientists; though many people dispute it because they find it in conflict with a literal interpretation of Biblical scripture. Many others who believe in the sanctity of the Bible, find no conflict.

When Darwin proposed the initial version of the theory, he knew nothing of the work of Gregor Mendel, genetics, mutation, or genetic drift. He theorized that natural selection leads to origin and evolution of species, but he did not know how. Some would describe today’s theory of evolution as a unified theory of evolution because it incorporates these different ideas, but most refer to the original theory and more modern refinements by the same name.
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  • Though widely accepted by scientists, the Theory of Evolution has been controversial since the Scopes Trial.
  • Freud said that both Darwin’s theory of evolution and his own psychoanalysis had resulted in an affront to mankind’s naive egoism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • You’re a modern type You are You accept the theory of evolution, don’t you.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • During the early 1990s, religious groups in Colorado Springs became outspoken opponents of feminism, homosexuality, and Darwin’s theory of evolution.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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  • Working from Darwin’s theory of evolution, the League for the Organization of Progress advances the philosophical viewpoint that humankind’s innermost natural purpose is its own self-perfection.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Theory of Evolution.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • For his Theory of Evolution.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Wherever molecular biology takes us, there might still be a place for Darwin’s theory of evolution—in some form."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • So you’ll have to say something about Darwin’s theory of evolution.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • At that point he had an inwardly clear picture of what was to become his theory of evolution.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • So far, then, we can sum up Darwin’s theory of evolution in a few sentences.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Because one thing, at least, was clear: neither Lyell’s theory of gradual geological evolution nor Darwin’s own theory of evolution had any validity unless one reckoned with tremendously long periods of time.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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