PHIL256     Philosophy of Biology I
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Lindley Darden
Room:SKN 1115
Meeting Times:12:30pm - 1:45pm

Explore conceptual issues in evolutionary theory, genetics, and in the discovery of the Watson-Crick model of the double helix structure of DNA. Consider the ethical implications, if any, of recent work in genetics. Questions to be addressed: Are genes selfish? What kind of reasoning do scientists use in discovering a new model? Should scientists use other's data without their permission? Should parents be allowed to choose the sex of their child?  Should cloning be allowed?  The student should have good analytical and writing skills to use in doing critical thinking and writing. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and group projects. Some knowledge of biology, especially evolutionary theory and genetics, is desirable, but not required.