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Darwin, Wallace and "The Single Best Idea"

Class 1: Darwin and Wallace What led Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace to come up with the same “best” idea, how did their ideas differ, and what was this “best” idea? Class 2: The Paul Victorius Evolution Collection Did you know that the largest collection of original evolution papers outside of Great Britain resides in UVA’s collection? We will see original writings of Darwin, Wallace, and other evolution luminaries. The second class meeting will be held at UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. This location may not be appropriate for those with limited mobility; even with the use of the elevators, many steps are involved in getting to this library. Class 3: From Darwin to DNA After introducing the basics of molecular biology, we will explore the evidence for evolution at various levels and bring this “single best idea” to the 21st century. Class 4: Darwin in the ER: An Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine We will explore general tenets of evolutionary medicine and distinguish between proximate and evolutionary health/disease questions, discuss evolutionary questions regarding aspects of human anatomy and physiology, cancer, and the evolution of infectious diseases, and ask, “Can germs be domesticated?” Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Walsh holds a BS and MS in biology from Florida State University and a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. From 1976 to 2018 he was a full-time faculty member at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Courses taught include general biology, human anatomy and physiology, tropical marine ecology, biological evolution, and Darwinism and disease.

Recommended Reading:

Dennett, Daniel. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, 1995. Shermer, Michael. In Darwin’s Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russell Wallace, 2002. Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch, 1995.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B206 John Walsh Nov 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Tu 1:00-2:30 p.m. Country Inn and Suites A

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