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Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900 – 1975)

Noted geneticist, evolutionary biologist, and a leader of the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis.
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Theodosius Dobzhansky
The living world is not a single array . . . connected by unbroken series of intergrades.
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Does the evolutionary doctrine clash with religious faith? It does not. It is a blunder to mistake the Holy Scriptures for elementary textbooks of astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology. Only if symbols are construed to mean what they are not intended to mean can there arise imaginary, insoluble conflicts. As pointed out above, the blunder leads to blasphemy: the Creator is accused of systematic deceitfulness.
No known human group . . . simply throw[s] out its dead without any ritual or ceremony. In stark contrast, no animal practices burial of dead individuals of its own species.

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The greatest evolutionist of our century.
Dobzhansky Theodosius
Man is the only living being who has a developed self-awareness and death-awareness.
Theodosius Dobzhansky quotes
Seen in the light of evolution, biology is, perhaps, intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science. Without that light it becomes a pile of sundry facts -- some of them interesting or curious but making no meaningful picture as a whole.
Theodosius Dobzhansky
The evolution of life, and the evolutionary origin of mankind, are scientifically established as firmly and completely as any historical event not witnessed by human observers. Any concession to anti-evolutionists, suggesting that there are scientific reasons to doubt the facticity of evolution, would be propagating a plain untruth.
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