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Hello everyone, My name is Fatima Quadri. I’m a  sophomore at Bryn Mawr. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved studying Biology and English. It’s why I’m very excited to be in this class because I can combine my two favorite disciplines into one of my most favorite topics: Evolution. I never knew much about Evolution and Darwin until I took A.P Biology my junior year of high school, but even then, the exposure was brief. I was re-introduced to the topic in college during Bio 102 which revived my interest and caused me to sign up for Evolution 236 last semester. Whether it was Darwin, dinosaurs, Neanderthals, or Wallace, I loved learning about the evolution of the world and the evolution of the theory itself from biological, geological, and anthropologic perspectives. I’m excited about this class because now I can see Evolution from a literary perspective and learn how it has affected the thinking of people from the past and today. I am also interested in learning about people’s perceptions on Evolution, especially in the context of personal and religious beliefs.

 

Here are three questions I came up with in class:

 

1)      Is the teaching of evolution in schools only controversial in the United States? If so, why is that?

2)      Have modern technology and medicine gotten in the way of nature’s biological evolution or are they a part of evolution?

3)       Evolution is a very long process that cannot be seen in one’s lifetime in the biological world. However, are there any exceptions to this? Can we see ourselves, our culture, and our stories evolving right now or do we need for some significant amount of time to pass before seeing this?

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