Explaining Statistics To People Who Have Not Taken a Statistics Course

Evolutionary theories often emphasize that humans have adapted to their physical environment. One such theory hypothesizes that people should spontaneously follow a 24-hour cycle of sleeping and waking—even if they are not exposed to the usual pattern of sunlight. To test this notion, eight paid volunteers were placed (individually) in a room in which there... Continue Reading →

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Foundations of Psychology Paper

Psychology has taken many turns over time, from its beginnings in philosophy to the current study of biopsychology. Psychology has been, at its worst, an investigation of the murky waters of mysticism and, at its best, the study of how the physical brain interacts with the metaphysical mind. As currently defined, psychology is, “…the scientific... Continue Reading →

The Current State of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are well known for Darwin’s observation of the various types of finches that live there and his subsequent theory of evolution. Less known though is the current predicament that has engulfed the islands. It was by chance that Darwin was able to observe these islands off the coast of South America firsthand... Continue Reading →

Patterns of Evolution

Humans shape their environment in ways that other organisms cannot. Are humans subject to the same pressures of natural selection as other organisms? Why or why not? Yes, humans are subject to the same pressures of natural selection as other organisms. However, I would say that I think humans are subject to some pressures of... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of DNA in the Body

What are some of the benefits of squeezing so much data into virtually every cell in the body? Why did we not evolve with one central repository of DNA rather than having it replicated throughout the body? One of the benefits has to be that our genetic information cannot be lost simply by removing one... Continue Reading →

Scientific Evidence that Supports Evolution

Post your response to the following: Given Darwin’s theory of evolution, what scientific evidence best supports evolution by natural selection? One example I found of evidence that supports evolution by natural selection is the rat snake found in the southeastern United States (Evolution, 2005). Regional adaptation has occurred in the several different types of rat... Continue Reading →

Natural Selection’s Impact on Evolution

Post your response to the following: Describe an example of how natural selection impacted the evolution of a particular species. Include outside sources if applicable. One of the most fascinating species that is definitely a product of natural selection is the whale (Whale, 2008). Imagine a fish that breathes air? What could possibly be the... Continue Reading →

Personal Narrative

The great motivational writer Orison Marden once said, “Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers…that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action” (Marden, n.d.). The evolution of my young adult life has been marked by words such as these. During these past few years, I have been struggling with identity versus role... Continue Reading →

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