Natural Selection Essay

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There is a huge controversy in the United States between whether teachers should educate students on Natural Selection. South Carolina passed a law to allow students to begin learning it this year, but their teachers cannot use the term ‘Natural Selection’ because it does not agree with their senators religion. Evolution has been an issue for many years and goes back to when Darwin created the theory in 1858. He informed the world of his findings after a long period spent observing the alterations in species. Afte r testing his hypothesis many times, he told the public his theory of evolution. Darwin discovered that there are different variations of species because organisms adapt to their environment. It is useful to look at Darwin’s background …show more content…
When Darwin grew up, he trained as a minister in the Church of England (597). In 1825, he went to Edinburgh University to follow a medical career, but in 1827, he transferred to Cambridge and went into the field of natural science. After his studies, Darwin joined a five-year scientific expedition on the survey ship, H.M.S. Beagle, which began in 1831. At this same time, Europeans had a long held belief that God created the world in six days. On his voyage, he observed alterations in species of animals that he found in many separate locations, especially between isolated islands and the mainland. While on the Galapagos Islands, which is about 500 miles west of South America, a major breakthrough came; Darwin noticed that each island had its own form of a finch, which was closely related to the other finches, but different in important ways. During his expedition, Darwin read and reinforced the supreme geologist of his day, Charles Lyell’s, Principles of Geology. His book suggested that fossils found in rocks were actually evidence of animals that had lived very long ago (“Charles Darwin (1809-1882)”). Throughout his voyage, he wrote Journal of Researchers into …show more content…
The Bible says that God created the world and all the life in it over a period of six days which would mean that God’s time is different than human time. Creationists admit that it is possible that animals and plants modify to be better adapted to their environment, but the diversity of all living species have not come from a common ancestor. Some people also might argue that Darwin’s idea of natural selection is just a theory and that scientists cannot prove it because there are no direct, observable experiments that a scientist can recreate to test evolutionary events that occurred in the past. Creationists have also proposed the idea that all the changes that occur in plants and animals come from existing genetic information. The organism that people believe humans evolved from, possibly apes, could not have had the genetic information needed to become humans. This means that humans could not have evolved from the same ancestor as another organism. Darwin has created a very interesting theory, but it remains just a theory (Hyde;

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