Essay on Charles Darwin 's Theory Of Evolution

1115 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 5 Pages
Charles Darwin had a major influence on the idea of functionalism. His theory of evolution by natural selection was the key component of sparking functionalism. Functionalism was an idea brought to the United States created in opposition of structuralism. John Dewey and James Rowland Angell were the most prominent advocates for functionalism. The writings of these great thinkers of the functionalism movement were both influenced by Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
Charles Darwin was a Naturalist and Geologist from England. His ideas and studies paved the way for future evolution studies and many discoveries in science. Darwin believed that all species were linked by a common ancestor. He formulated this idea in his book On the Origin of Species in 1859 (Darwin, 2003). The main idea of the book was centered on the theory of evolution. This is the idea that explains how species diverged from each other through adaptations thus causing them to vary by trait characteristics. Ways that species diverge from one another are through migration, environmental factors, geographical barriers, reproductive barriers, and also predation. His ideas were rejected by many and it was not until years later when his ideas were finally accepted.
According to the Evolution Library (2001), in 1835, Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands to study and gather information about species; little did he know his finds would have a great impact on science. He called his…

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