Darwin's "imaginary illustrations": Creatively teaching evolutionary concepts and the nature of science

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Abstract

An overlooked feature of Darwin's work, is his use of "imaginary illustrations" to show that natural selection is competent to produce adaptive, evolutionary change. When set in the context of Darwin's methodology, these thought experiments provide a novel way to teach natural selection and the nature of science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Volume72
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

Keywords

  • Charles Darwin
  • Imaginary illustrations
  • Natural selection
  • Nature of science

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