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Evolution in Action by Jonathan Wiener
Jonathan Wiener’s article “Evolution in Action’ commences by associating the separate
acceptance of development and evolvement in America to that of Darwin’s wife, Emma. We
learn that Emma was a sincere and a faithful Christian, and very much concerned about her
husband that he would go to hell because of his opinions about life. The author further discusses
that after Darwin’s death, there was calmness in the research of evolution because his views of
life were not outwardly seen in a lifetime, and what could be observed was apparently slow and
unexciting
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. Until then, Weiner talks about Peter and Rosemary Grant, evolutionary biologists,
who began to follow seed-eating songbirds on the Galapagos Islands, the same Darwin observed.
The Grants could recognize the real evolution in action as they could see the differences in
finches had in their beaks. Hitherto, biologists began to distinguish that Darwin’s theory of
evolution by natural selection can take place before their eyes. Weiner remarks that since then
the biologists around the world have recognized the field of evolution, and accepted the
metamorphosis changes within species.
However, Weiner claims that Darwin’s theory of natural selection may be challenged
since the evolution of species was not observed in reproductively isolated cases. ‘So, they
assumed they could watch evolution by natural selection, but not the divergence of one species
into separate, reproductively isolated species.’
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In line with that, Weiner takes us to a study by
Hendry Andrew, who challenged the reproductive isolation of species disagreeing that it may not

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be used after a period of thirteen centuries. As well, Weiner also references a case of Salmon
species which was found in Alaska in the northwest of America whose evolution took place after
six generations.
I like Weiner’s work is appealing and brief as he focuses more on specific areas of
evolution. I like the way Wiener emphases exhaustively on evolution and the stages it goes
through becoming lesser. Additionally, Wiener further argues that human beings have a
significant influence on the complete pace of evolution. ‘We, the humans, repeatedly appear to
fail when it comes to fighting for nature.
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For instance, in the 1930s, sulfonamides, and
penicillin were made, and resistance by bodies was noted after a decade. In my view, Wiener is
trying to imply that some diseases become resistance to human-made linctus as a result of their
capability to tolerate and adapt to them. Palumbi adds that the US alone spends over one hundred
billion dollars on catering for costs involving induced evolution
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. According to Darwin, natural
selection takes place daily, eliminating species that are not fit, and preserving what is right. On
the other hand, Wiener argues that we don’t see some of these changes since they are marked by
age. Moreover, he adds that in the beginning, people around the world had failed to accept that
evolution is real. However, this is becoming a reduced intellectual, and human beings will be
able to recognize the evolution process in a more evident and palpable way as time goes by.

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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Evolution in Action by Jonathan Wiener Jonathan Wiener’s article “Evolution in Action’ commences by associating the separate acceptance of development and evolvement in America to that of Darwin’s wife, Emma. We learn that Emma was a sincere and a faithful Christian, and very much concerned about her husband that he would go to hell because of his opinions about life. The author further discusses that after Darwin’s death, there was calmness in the research of evolution because his views of life were not outwardly seen in a lifetime, and what could be observed was apparently slow and unexciting1. Until then, Weiner talks about Peter and Rosemary Grant, evolutionary biologists, who began to follow seed-eating songbirds on the Galapagos Islands, the same Darwin observed. The Grants could recognize the real evolution in act ...
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