Biological Anthropology Paper Assignment In the first Republican debate for the 2008 presidential nomination held in May
2007, moderator Chris Matthews asked each candidate who does not believe in evolution to raise his hand. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas was one of the three candidates who did so. After receiving criticism and disbelief from various political pundits, the senator felt compelled to explain his reasoning. In a New York Times editorial Senator Brownback explained his position. In 5-10 typed, double-spaced pages using 12 point font and normal margins, present the different views on human origins and critique the arguments Senator Brownback makes. For every day the paper is late you will lose one full letter grade (10% per day) – check your syllabus for the due date. You will find Senator Brownback’s article on the Biological Anthropology page at http://pchapman.spscc.edu Make sure you explain the different logical fallacies he makes and provide specific examples of them. Your paper should include the following items: 1. A thorough explanation of Darwinian evolution. 2. Using examples from his editorial, explain Senator Brownback’s demonstrated predisposed bias. Which origins view does he appear to support and why? 3. Critique his understanding of evolutionary theory. 4. Discuss the relevance of the debate on punctuated equilibrium and gradualism (what Senator Brownback calls classical Darwinism). 5. Using specific examples, discuss the false dilemmas (false dichotomies) and appeals to authority he employs. 6. Using specific examples, discuss his use of straw-man and shape-shifting arguments, including his discussion of the origins of the universe. 7. Critique his understanding of philosophical and scientific theories.