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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 …



Artificial Selection – Baba Brinkman – Rap Guide to Evolution Music Videos

Artificial Selection – Baba Brinkman – Rap Guide to Evolution Music Videos

yeah Charles Darwin Hah yeah Artificial selection Hah Yeah Let’s get domestic Artificial selection, it starts with a question How did people ever get cows, chickens and pigs And other animals and plants to act so domestic? We took them from the wild and we bred them, brethren Welcome to the Charles Darwin Bicentennial So, …


Modes of Selection

Modes of Selection

Orca whales have inspired and awed humans for many thousands of years. But did you know there is more than one type of orca whale? These are called ecotypes. An ecotype is a distinct variety that exhibits behavioural, structural, or physiological differences from other members of the species. For example, off the coast of British …



Dr. George McGhee – The Geometry of Evolution

Dr. George McGhee – The Geometry of Evolution

(music playing) Dr. George McGhee: This latest book that I’ve written is, it actually has two different parts to it, it’s about the concept of the adaptive landscape and it basically demonstrates to people how the adaptive landscape concept can put into action analytical practice because most people are heretofore to consider what’s really an …




Practical Importance of Human Evolution – Population Genetics – Natural Selection

Practical Importance of Human Evolution – Population Genetics – Natural Selection

>>Often a mutation has a negative effect on an organism. Also often, a mutation has no noticeable effect. But let’s imagine a rare scenario where a mutation happens to help the organism adapt to its current environment. For example, maybe it results in thicker fur and in an environment that is cold all year round. …


Natural Selection & Sexual Selection: An Illustrated Introduction

Natural Selection & Sexual Selection: An Illustrated Introduction

[Music] Why do some birds spend time and energy frantically dancing? Why do some have oversized ornaments making it harder to fly and forage? How can this be natural selection? Well, natural selection isn’t actually the competition to survive: it’s the competition to pass on genes. The battle to breed generates a particular kind of …

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