Essay about Darwinism: Charles Darwin and Natural Selection

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Darwinism Darwinism refers to the theory of evolution, but in particular, evolution by Natural Selection. The phrase was coined by Charles Darwin, who brought the theory of natural selection to light in 1859. His book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. We know natural selection as adapting to your environment, and according to Darwin, these variations accumulate over time to form new species. According to Darwin, “Any variation which is not inherited is unimportant for us” (18). All this simply means is that we as human beings are equipped with the necessary genes and traits to survive. We have adapted to our environment and overtime made improvements to better handle the environment and conditions around us. We left the gill in the ocean and picked up a pair of legs of legs instead. This raises questions such as, what could happen next. What variation will we be adding to our genetic codes next? In On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Darwin explains that these variations are also hereditary. We are descendants of those that have been modified to better flourish in their environment, thus inheriting the genetic codes that can better ensure survival. Acquired characteristics such as a desired hairstyle, on the other hand aren’t hereditary. If the environment changes in any way or if the being moves to a new…