Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Year of Darwin 10/23/2014: pulling in experimentation for natural selection

 Charles Darwin

"It has been experimentally proved, that if a plot of ground be sown with one species of grass, and a similar plot be sown with several distinct genera of grasses, a greater number of plants and a greater weight of dry herbage can thus be raised." Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 1st edition (on Kindle)

I think Darwin is arguing that being different when together is better than being the same together. Thus, evolutionary divergence is reinforced ecologically and speciation is promoted. 

So Darwin has used an argument from analogy for natural selection and now experimentation. This is good.

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