Professor: Brian Keeley, Ph.D.
Broad Hall, room 107
Office extension: 74235
Professor: David S.
Broad Hall, room 108
Office extension: 71648
Psychology/Philosophy 130 - Monkey Business:
Continuing Controversies in Human Evolution
Here's the most pertinent information
regarding the 'mechanics' of the course--We'll discuss additional
on the first day of class.
Class will meet on Tuesdays and
from 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
All class meetings will be held in Broad Hall, room 210.
David Moore's office hours will be on:
Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Brian Keeley's office hours will be on:
Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
and by appointment
And of course, both of us are happy to
make individual appointments to
talk with you at a time that's convenient for you, if you're unable to
come in during our
Ever since Darwin first posited a plausible mechanism for
evolution 150 years ago, scientists and non-scientists alike
have used his ideas to support their own concepts about the nature of
human nature. Thus, although Darwin's theory is as well supported by
empirical evidence as the best theories in any science, it remains
controversial. Considering that his
position can be very simply stated, his idea has turned out to be
remarkably complex, allowing for disagreement among scientists
about the particulars of the theory; in addition, some
non-scientists--including some remarkably powerful political and
theological lobbies--continue to resist the consensus of the
producing the disagreements over Creationism and 'Intelligent'
Design(ism) that continue to be discussed in the media and at
both the highest levels of our government (the White House and
Congress) and the lowest (local school boards). In class, we will
examine the history, concepts, and philosophy behind Darwin's ideas,
exploring in the process the fields of Evolutionary Psychology, Natural
History, and Primatology, among others. We will also consider the
relationship between development and evolution as we attempt to build
an understanding of Natural Selection that is free of the confused
notions that have become attached to it over the years.
This course will leave you with a relatively sophisticated
understanding of Darwin's insights about
the origin of species, as well as a feel for some of the controversies
that continue to produce debate today, in the
academy and in society at large.
The BOOKS we'll be reading from in this
Appleman, P. (Ed., 2000). Darwin: The Norton Critical Edition (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (NCE on the syllabus)
Gould, S. J. (1992). Bully for brontosaurus: Reflections on natural history. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (BB on the syllabus)
Kitcher, P. (2007). Living with Darwin: Evolution, design, and the future of faith. New York: Oxford University Press. (LD on the syllabus)
THESE THREE BOOKS HAVE BEEN ORDERED AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE BOOKSTORE. We will also be reading portions of other miscellaneous books and articles; copies of these readings will be made available on Pitzer's Sakai website.