Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

How is the Burgess Shale a significant discovery for fossils and for the history of human development? Explain the author's reasoning using two examples from the book. Support your case with solid logic and either defend or oppose Gould's position.

Essay Topic 2

Agree or disagree with the following statement: the scientist is responsible for the implications or consequences of his or her research regardless of its accuracy or inaccuracy. Cite three examples from the book that support your view. Explain you argument with solid reasoning and make sure to address what responsibility the public might have in this argument.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1, Gould examines Walcott's inaccurate interpretation of the ladder and cone convention. Using this example, and others found in Chapter 1 or 2, agree or disagree with the following question: does Gould or Walcott present a more convincing argument concerning the ladder and cone interpretation? Present...

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