Intuitive Biological Thinking and Evolutionary Understanding. Lead Presenter: John Coley. Faculty Advisor / PI: John Coley. Humans ' commonsense understanding the natural world is systematic; we intuitively think about the biological world in terms of cognitive construals such as anthropocentric thinking the tendency to .Have shown that anthropocentric narratives are less likely than scientifi.y accurate narratives to facilitate accurate evolutionary understanding in elementary school children. We hypothesize that essentialist thinking may strongly influence our intuitive understanding of biological en.ies and systems, as well as species..The essentialism of an intuitive biology both undergirds and undercuts an evolutionary biology Evans, 2001 . Essentialism undergirds it by "getting biological thinking off the ground" Gelman Rhodes, this volume ; it undercuts it with a focus on the ideal type, the essentialist construal of species. Furthermore, a focus on .Intuitive Biology and Global Challenges: Applying Theoretical Insights for Public Good. Lauren Swiney conceptual prerequisites for understanding evolution, and change?. Public Understanding of Science, 9 3 , 205-218. Coley, J. D., Tanner, K. 2015 . Relations between intuitive biological thinking and biological..
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