Tuesday, 26 August 2008

The Genius Of Charles Darwin

Richard Dawkins presents a 3 part series on the life, works and legacy of the 19th century naturalist Charles Darwin.

Broadcast August 2008 on C4.

Richard Dawkins' Genius Of Darwin - Episode 1 - (Part 1/5)

Here are playlists for each episode:
Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3
Much more below the belt:

Not covered in Dawkins' series is the emerging science of epigenetics which just goes to show that the Theory of Evolution is itself, err, evolving.

The Ghost In Your Genes - BBC Horizon (2006)

NOVA ScienceNOW have a shorter video (introduced, surprisingly, by Neil Degrasse Tyson) and there is more here.

There's also some good reading in the blogosphere from Pharyngula and erv, or watch them in discussion on Bloggingheads.

Finally, just to 'teach the controversy' as many ardent followers of the Abrahamic religions demand these days, here are creationist Christians Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron with their demolition of evolution.

You just can't make this shit up!
PS look up Cavendish banana, the most commonly eaten banana in the world. It's a cultivar which has to be propagated by farmers because it is seedless, ie sterile, so without mankind to take cuttings it would not fucking exist!
PPS the quote from Darwin about the evolution of the eye (~4:50) is taken out of context to the point of untruth.


mark said...

I watched this series on c4, fucking excellent.I used some of what I learnt to get rid of 2 bloody Jehovah witlessness at the door!!

Andy Holroyd said...

Well done you godless heathen you.

PS love the 'Jehovah witlessness' line. I may have to steal that sometime.