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To be sure, certain passages in this text read like speculative fiction themselves, and we should keep in mind that Darwin's work on carnivorous plants did not proceed independently of his ideas on natural selection and universal common descent.
The next four subsections are all entitled "Traces of common descent in .
Behe: I readily accepted my father's views on biology and didn't dispute the viability of scientific theories such as common descent as long as the hand of God was present in them.
Contrary to their claim that common descent is the bugbear of those who dispute evolution, the historical controversy, especially in religion, focused on the idea of natural selection, which undermined natural theology by depicting the origination of species as a ruthless, random process, apparently inconsistent with the character of a loving Creator, rather than on the concept of common descent, which can posit God as the designer of benign evolutionary law.
Both of her parents share a common descent from Robert II, Bruce's grandson.
While forming his theory of common descent, Charles Darwin peered beyond his observations of ants, barnacles and blue-footed boobies to try to comprehend a broader subject: human slavery.
Drawing on Weber, Guibernau succinctly defines ethnic groups as 'human groups that entertain a subjective belief in their common descent because of similarities of physical type or of customs or both, or because of memories of colonisation and migration' (p.
Ultimately this factor is linked to Darwin's idea of common descent, with an emphasis on humans in Descent of Man, as a response to the growing 'scientific' racist argument that the differences in humans were not a matter of variation, but of speciation.
In the book they have claimed that one of the reasons that Darwin chose to highlight the common descent of man from apes, was to show that all races were equal.
First, it did not clearly dissociate themselves from creationism, which they could have done by frankly admitting that the evidence for common descent is compelling.
How can this perspective, which sets man apart from the animal and which implies that evolution has a predetermined course, be reconciled with the undeniable fact of common descent and with the apparently blind forces of chance mutation and natural selection?
Painstakingly reconstructing these networks, using methods honed in a previous work on educated sociability during the early Enlightenment (Impolite Learning: Conduct and Community in the Republic of Letters, 1680-1750 [1995]), Goldgar reveals the close ties that existed between buyers and sellers of tulip bulbs, many of whom belonged to the substantial Mennonite community in Holland and shared a common descent from immigrants from the southern Netherlands.

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