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Unconventional Evolution

The theories that Charles Darwin brought forth in the late 1850’s sparked scientific debate across the entire world. The ideas brought forth through his theory of evolution were labeled outlandish and nonsensical. He questioned the very creation of mankind, something scientists had believed to be fact for decades. He proved that science has the capability, and the power, to influence an entire society’s way of thinking. It is because of men like Charles Darwin that scientists today are not completely rejected when they propose eccentric, unconventional theories. Darwin proved that science was capable of so much more than just experiments and numbers. Through observations of the nature world, with the inhabitants that roam it, he came to the conclusion that man did not miraculously come from nowhere. Instead, Darwin concluded that we were just heavily evolved mammals that adapted and changed with our environment. Because of his findings, we now understand our world in an entirely different manner. Darwin was ridiculed and scorned for his proposals: “Some of these ‘mental riotings’, as he dubbed them, took him very far along the road of materialism, the philosophical doctrine of believing that there were no spiritual or divine forces in nature, only matter. If he denied the createdness of everything, where did that leave human beings and our hopes of salvation?” (Browne 42). Darwin questioned the very basis of human life in the 1850’s. He challenged the ideals of the Church, and he paid a price for it, which he knew he would. His ideas could not necessarily be proven through experimental demonstrations, and therefore were deemed almost ludicrous, but this did not persuade Darwin. He would not be outlasted by the clergymen who so desperately wanted him to fail. Darwin set a precedent of excellence for scientists, as well as science in general, with his work in the mid 19th century because he challenged fundamental beliefs and proved theories never thought possible in ‘unconventional’ scientific practices.

Societal Acceptance of Science

One of the great struggles in humanity is the difficulty with which we can adapt personal beliefs or ideas to include new information.  Proposed changes in mindset are often perceived as an attack on the person or institution themselves, rather than a simple presentation of fact or alternative point of view. The struggle that Darwin experienced while attempting to reconcile his ideas about evolution with the preconceived societal notion that God is solely responsible for creation conveys how difficult it is for humans to adapt to new perspectives or ways of thinking. Continue reading

Evolution of Tech

Darwinism, when it was first created, was viewed by many as a radical idea. During the time of Charles Darwin the catholic church had a large foothold in European society. The history behind the origin of human beings and other organisms were backed heavily in religion and  was the social standard for understanding how beings came to be. In the 19th century many people denied Darwin’s claims of evolution because it was against the norm at the time. However, Darwinism persisted through this period and is a prominent theory in the world today. This is just one example of how science has persevered through the times to hold a major role in today’s society.

Darwinism is one example of how science perceivers through the hardest times. Science holds an important part in society because it helps display the truth. As much as many wanted to deny the evolution of humans, people learned to understand that Darwin may have been right. Science holds the truth about many aspects of the world. Without science there would be many uncovered truths in the world. Darwin led the way for many other scientists to question and explore the world. Due to the sacrifices made by Darwin many scientific theories today are not met with dispute but with curiosity. More people today are more eager to question new theories rather than deny them. Scientists are regarded in a better perspective and there ideas are examined further. Now we take time to examine these theories before denying them right away. Through this scientists can build off of one another and add to each others theories. Without the sacrifices of previous scientists and their persistence science would not be as eagerly accepted as it is today. We now look upon science as an opportunity and not as disapproval of societal norms.



Darwinian Evolution

In my opinion, the legacies of Darwinian Evolution tell us that science in society has been through a constant progression of natural selection. From the early days of science to today’s modern technology, science has gone through a continuous cycle of making slight improvements to previously developed theories and ideas. Slowly but surely, the very first concepts of science – such as the first forms of agriculture and the initial theory during the Bronze Age that the Earth was flat – have been subject to slight variations that eventually led to the incredibly advanced agricultural systems we have today and the correct notion that the Earth is in fact a sphere. While those are just two examples in the incredibly immense history of science, they emphasize the fact that not everything from the beginning of science truly had a proper place in society. Natural selection took its course to advance early scientific theories into more modern, advanced, and up-to-date ideas that still, to this day, are continuing to improve.

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Darwinism’s Effect on Society

The development of Darwinism changed the general thinking of the world, while unlocking the truth behind both Earth and life. Beforehand the western world had a general consensus that God was the creator of life and that we were made in his image. The idea that humans are actually descendants of apes was greatly criticized at first, but the discovery of evolution in both humans and other organisms has been proven. Continue reading

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