Darwin and the philosophy of science – maybe, and maybe not?

A key question for the philosophy of science: "How does Darwin’s theory of natural selection by means of competition between individuals of the same species stack up against Karl Popper’s ideas on falsification and verification?"

I gather Popper changed his views as he got older.

Maybe the answer can be found in:

"Defining Darwin: Essays on the History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology"

by By Michael Ruse

http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=184&products_id=1923

See also
http://fora.tv/2009/02/17/Michael_Ruse_on_Darwinism

 

Darwin on pangenesis

The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication Volume 2, Volume 2

Darwin’s ideas on what could be passed on from parent to offspring where not what many people today believe.

What was pangenesis? Try Wikipedia – and read Darwin at

http://books.google.com/books?id=THmP4OtPxWQC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_similarbooks_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q=&f=false

See also

http://www.esp.org/books/darwin/variation/facsimile/contents.htm

See especially:

http://www.esp.org/books/darwin/variation/facsimile/contents/darwin-variation-chap-27-i.pdf

 

Understand – what was Darwin’s notion of pangensis and what is  gemmule 

 

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