Origins: Natural Selection

Monday’s class is an introduction to the logic of natural selection. As I usually do when presenting selection, I follow Ernst Mayr’s formulation of a series of facts and inferences from those facts. I then deal with some of the consequences of the idea and the prevalent misconceptions about evolution through natural selection. Some of the slides are going to be anything but self-evident, I’m afraid.

The next three lectures will be focused on the history of American anti-evolutionism and I will, of course, post those slides (starting on Wednesday).