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Darwinism (27870) | Prof. Oren Harman

 Darwinian evolution is one of the most transformative ideas of the modern era. There is nary a field of interest or activity that it doesn’t impact upon, from psychology and brain science to philosophy, economics, religion, ethics, and politics. In this introductory course we will delve back into Darwin’s day and begin, together with him, the journey of the idea of evolution by natural selection. From the Beagle in the southern seas to the belated publication of the Origin of Species, and all the way to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey, Darwin shall be our starting point and guide. From there on out, we shall examine the fate of his great idea: its uneasy encounter with genetics, its translations into the social arena, its meetings with philosophy, psychology and economics, as well as its reflection in literature and film.