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    • Growing Up in the Universe (lecture) – Richard Dawkins

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      Richard Dawkins carried out several lectures as part of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Growing Up in the Universe was part of this series in which he examined the evolution of life in the universe. First broadcast in 1991, they were separated into five one-hour episodes.

      In the first part of the Growing Up in the Universe lectures, Dawkins explores the extraordinary powers of the human body. He contrasts these powers with the limited capabilities of computers and other machines made by man. With the use of a small totem pole (used for ancestor worship), Dawkin’s illustrates the significance of investigating our ancestors to get a better understanding of how we have evolved.

      The second part examines the difficulties surrounding design. With the use of several simple objects, crystals, rocks, etc. Dawkin’s presents to the audience that these objects were formed by simple laws of physics. His hopes, to prove to them that these objects were not designed.

      With a stick insect on his hand, Dawkins starts the lecture examining how being imitates its environment, like keys fitting in a lock. He then shows the audience yet another insect that resembles a dead leaf, the Leaf Insect. This is a great series of lecture for anyone interested in the evolution of life.

       


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      Published on April 26, 2010 · Filed under: Anthropology, Biology, Environment
    • Mindy L

      I’m pretty sure those who use this web site regularly already have a thorough understanding of the content of this lecture, though the first half of it IS good for those who are looking to get a very basic understanding of evolution.

      In typical Dawkins style, he veers off the topic of evolution and uses the last portion of the lecture to throw in his views on religion and the supernatural. Its pretty funny.

    • Robbyou

      i’m pretty sure it is the Children lectures, not the Christmas lectures

    • Robbyou

      I lied, it is the Christmas Lectures… my bad

    • Robbyou

      WHO BRINGS A BABY TO A LECTURE?????