The Origin of Species
The Proof Behind Darwin’s Claims: A Rhetoric of Research and Transformation College
The idea of what constitutes legitimate scientific proof is one that is subjective and varies from one circumstance to another, but compiling various types of evidence to support a claim has long been an accepted, respected, and even encouraged means of accurate testimony. The concept of mass accumulations of strong evidence as a means of proving a point is one explored repeatedly throughout Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as Darwin builds a case for and defends his theory of evolution and the topic of natural selection. Darwin’s way of presenting and re-presenting his evidence works as a way of establishing meaning in his work as he emphasizes the importance and relevance of his discovery. He accomplishes this task through detailed and constant repetition of his findings while also attempting to secure the confidence of his readers using his collection of examples on various species and the changes he had observed in their expressed features over time. This method of explanation in which new evidence is frequently given, however, is a necessary part of this specific scientific abstract as a method of not only substantiating Darwin’s argument and technical claims on his theory of natural selection but also as a means of...
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