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WHAT HAVE I CREATED…?

WHAT HAVE I CREATED…?

Hello everybody, my name is Markiplier, and welcome to Species: Artificial life, Real Evolution. So what this is… Do you remember a game that I played a while ago, that was kind of like an artificial intelligence, like, simulator style thing that was trying to evolve a species, and control some muscles on a creature? …


10. Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality

Professor Paul Bloom: We began the course by talking about one of the foundational ideas of modern psychology. This is what Francis Crick described as “The Astonishing Hypothesis,” the idea that our mental life, our consciousness, our morality, our capacity to make decisions and judgments is the product of a material physical brain. What I …


How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar Feathers are some of the most remarkable things ever made by an animal. They are gorgeous in their complexity, delicate in their construction, and yet strong enough to hold a bird thousands of feet in the air. Like all things in nature, feathers evolved over millions of years into …


HHMI Educator Tips — Making of a Theory film

I show the Making of a Theory film just before we begin talking about the evidence for evolution in my second year biology course. The film itself is 30 minutes in length and it’s great storytelling about Charles Darwin. Students learn that he was more than just a collector of finches on the Galapagos Islands. …



The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey

The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey

The human eye is an amazing mechanism, able to detect anywhere from a few photons to direct sunlight, or switch focus from the screen in front of you to the distant horizon in a third of a second. In fact, the structures required for such incredible flexibility were once considered so complex that Charles Darwin …


Why Are There Still Monkeys? – 12 Days of Evolution #10

Why Are There Still Monkeys? – 12 Days of Evolution #10

[MUSIC] [BIRD CHIRP] If humans evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys? There’s many things wrong with this question, like the fact we’re more closely related to apes than monkeys. Okay, so why are there still apes? Asking why there are still apes is like saying, if some Americans and Australians came from …


Antibiotic Resistance – What it is, how it comes about, and what we can do about it

Antibiotic Resistance – What it is, how it comes about, and what we can do about it

We tend to think about ourselves as humans, but this is only partly true. We are composed of trillions of human cells, but we are also made up of trillions of bacteria. These bacteria are part of us. They cover our entire skin and guts. Bacteria help us digest the food that we eat and …


Can Evolution Make an Eye? – 12 Days of Evolution #4

Can Evolution Make an Eye? – 12 Days of Evolution #4

[MUSIC] [BIRD CHIRP] Your eyes are beautiful. They’re amazing bits of biological engineering. Just like a camera, remove one of their intricate parts, and the eye can’t do its job. For this reason, many people think eyes couldn’t possibly arise from a blind process like natural selection. But that idea doesn’t hold vitreous fluid. Light-sensitive …


Have We Ever Seen Evolution Happen? – 12 Days of Evolution #3

Have We Ever Seen Evolution Happen? – 12 Days of Evolution #3

[MUSIC] [BIRD CHIRP] Male crickets love to sing. But on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, that singing comes with a price. Several years ago, a parasitic fly arrived on the island. Those flies listen for crickets’ chirping wings, lay eggs inside them, and the crickets are devoured from within. Thanks to these flies, Kauai’s crickets …

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