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Complete Forum #2 – What makes a theory powerful?

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Some people argue that evolution is “only a theory.” Explaining how natural selection works and describing the evidence which illustrates the principles of evolution in action can be complex. Let’s simplify this process by starting with the basics: the scientific method. While the scientific method has been described in different ways – the fundamentals incorporate the same concepts and principles.

Visit this website to see how the scientific method was used with Monarch butterflies:

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A great deal has been argued about the evidence for evolution. Over the last 150 years, data has been amassed demonstrating examples of evolution in action. Two of the most common examples are the peppered moths in London and the finches Darwin noted in the Galapagos Islands. Your task is to add to that list – do your best to find samples no one else has shared.

THE TASK:

  1. Locate one (1) example to share with the class. (5 points)
  2. Summarize your findings, explaining how the example fits the task. (15 points)
  3. Your post should be a minimum of 100+ words – please cite any resources used. (5 points)
  4. Leave substantive* comments on THREE (3) other student posts – select ones who wrote about different examples than you selected. Use this as an opportunity to learn what they have to share. (5 points each)

*Substantive comments extend the conversation, ask a question, or offer an observation – strive to create a dialogue. Comments that consist of only praise will be awarded 1/5 points.

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