Darwin 's Theory Of Natural Selection

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Ways that Darwin’s theory of natural selection was transformative to his society According to thefreedictionary.com the definition of natural selection is the process in which, according to Darwin’s theory of evolution, organisms that are better adapted to their environment tend to survive longer and transmit more of their genetic characteristics to succeeding generations, than do those that are less well adapted. The following section will cover aspects on which Darwin’s theory was transformative on his society, and also the general feelings of his contemporaries towards his work. Joseph Hooker, a lifelong friend and contemporary of Charles Robert Darwin was the first person Darwin confided in about his discoveries and theories of natural selection. “Yet Hooker never hesitated to criticize Darwin when he disagreed with him” (www.kew.org) Alfred Russel Wallace held some pre- Darwinian ideas about evolution. Brief correspondences took place between Darwin and Alfred and to their shock Wallace’s work “nearly replicated Darwin’s own theory”, when he sent it to Darwin in 1859. (www.evolution.berkeley.edu,2016) Alfred Wallace almost published first, in which case it would be “Wallace’s Theory of Evolution.” Religion created a mental block against evolutionism at the time in society (even so in modern society). Religious views that god created all animals and other living organisms maintained the controversy that evolution was/is not possible. In my opinion Darwin’s theory
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