God—or Gorilla

God—or Gorilla

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As scholars debate the most appropriate way to teach evolutionary theory, Constance Areson Clark provides an intriguing reflection on similar debates in the not-too-distant past. Set against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, Goda€”or Gorilla explores the efforts of biologists to explain evolution to a confused and conflicted public during the 1920s. Focusing on the use of images and popularization, Clark shows how scientists and anti-evolutionists deployed schematics, cartoons, photographs, sculptures, and paintings to win the battle for public acceptance. She uses representative illustrations and popular media accounts of the struggle to reveal how concepts of evolutionary theory changed as they were presented to, and absorbed into, popular culture. Engagingly written and deftly argued, Goda€”or Gorilla offers original insights into the role of images in communicatinga€”and miscommunicatinga€”scientific ideas to the lay public. -- Michael Lienesch, author of In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Antievolution MovementR William Jennings Bryan objected to this diagram in A Civic Biology, the 1914 textbook assigned to John Thomas Scopesa#39;s students. Both at the trial and in his Memoirs, Bryan complained that the diagram implied that humans were lostanbsp;...

Title:God—or Gorilla
Author:Constance A. Clark
Publisher:JHU Press - 2010-12-29


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