darwinian theory


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dar·win·i·an the·o·ry

the theory of the origin of species and of the development of higher organisms from lower forms through natural selection (survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence), and of the evolution of humans and apes from a common ancestor.
See also: darwinian evolution.

darwinian theory

Etymology: Charles R. Darwin
the theory of Charles Darwin that organic evolution results from the natural selection of those variants of organisms that are best suited to survive in their environment. Also called darwinism. Compare lamarckism. darwinian, adj.

dar·win·i·an the·o·ry

(dahr-winē-ăn thēŏr-ē)
Theory of the origin of species and of the development of higher organisms from lower forms through natural selection (survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence), and of the evolution of humans and apes from a common ancestor.
See also: darwinian evolution

Darwin,

Charles R., English biologist and evolutionist, 1809-1882.
darwinian ear - an auricle in which the upper border is not rolled over to form the helix, but projects upward as a flat, sharp edge.
darwinian reflex - the tendency of young infants to grasp a bar and hang suspended.
darwinian theory - the theory of the origin of species and of the development of higher organisms from lower forms through natural selection.
darwinian tubercle - a small projection from the upper end of the posterior portion of the incurved free margin of the helix. Synonym(s): auricular tubercle
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Well-meaning persons have struggled sincerely to disentangle evolutionary science from the ideological commitments of its most vociferous and belligerent proponents, but in the case of the Darwinian theory of human nature, it is ideology all the way down.
This point remained an axiom of the original Darwinian theory and was maintained, with some important modifications, through all six editions of the Origin (Vorzimmer, 1970).
Most of the book is a traditional history of ideas: the development of Darwinian theory from pre-Darwinian evolutionary and non-evolutionary theory to Darwin's formulation of the mechanisms of natural and sexual selection, reactions to his theories, problems with the original formulation (especially the absence of a fossil record and ignorance of the mechanisms of inheritance), then the development of the neo-Darwinian synthesis in the 1930s, which solved the major problems in the original theories.
While it might be argued that Raabe shows his male protagonists as scientifically more progressive vis-a-vis the female characters, the important role of Rosine in the process of reworking the cultural import of Darwinian theory must not be overlooked.
Certainly food for thought--and worthy of inclusion in any collection strong in Darwinian theory pro or con.
Olson's film argues, in essence, that since most intelligent-design champions don't dispute many elements of evolution, if scientists could concoct a user-friendly explanation of Darwinian theory, this would not be as contentious an issue as it has proven to be.
In providing a series of contrasting chapters juxtaposing scientific history and investigation with Christian faith, readers receive a clear set of insights into the major differences between Darwinian theory and Christianity's contentions--invaluable for classroom discussion.
Schindewolf's ideas ran contrary to the Darwinian theory of evolution.
Putting the valuable parts of Marxian and Darwinian theory together brings one very close to the institutionalism of Thorstein Veblen.
Darwinian theory is given scant and usually skeptical attention in grade schools and even in most high schools and some colleges, and it is largely relegated, by general consent, to specialists.
First of all, let me say at the beginning that I have studied not only physics but also geology and paleontology at Harvard, and so it is with this background that I reject the ordinary understanding of the Darwinian theory of evolution even on scientific grounds.
Written by biology instructor Kenneth Poppe, Reclaiming Science From Darwinism: A Clear Understanding of Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design is a scientifically-minded deconstruction of flaws and weaknesses in the Darwinian theory of evolution.