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February 26 2014


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January 02 2014


From the Archives: The Story Behind the 'World's Most Famous Atheist' Richard Dawkins: Forum

British zoologist Richard Dawkins turned evolutionary theory on its head when he published his book, 'The Selfish Gene,' in 1976. His recently released autobiography, 'An Appetite for Wonder,' sheds light on the first 35 years of Dawkins' life, from his birth in Kenya, to his fascination with science at Oxford, to the origin of his gene-centered view about natural selection. He joins us in the studio. http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201401010930

December 18 2013


October 02 2013


How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times : NPR

In The Story of the Human Body, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman explains how our bodies haven't adapted to modern conditions. The result is "mismatch diseases" — ailments that occur because our bodies weren't designed for the environments in which we now live. http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/227777434/how-our-stone-age-bodies-struggle-to-stay-healthy-in-modern-times

September 29 2013


Modern Humans Still Evolving, and Faster Than Ever | Science Friday

For those who think the forces of natural selection no longer apply to modern humans, paleoanthropologist John Hawks would urge you to reconsider. In recent times—that's 10 to 20 thousand years, for a paleoanthropologist—Hawks says we've picked up genetic variations in skin color, and other traits that allow us to break down starch and digest cheese.

August 06 2013


God and the Brain: What neuroscience can teach us about people and God

Resources for Churches from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion http://testoffaith.com/resources/resource.aspx?id=625

August 05 2013


June 01 2013


What Is Ecological Philosophy? Q& A

A Q&A after the talk "What Is Ecological Philosophy?" by Tim Morton at Erasmus University Rotterdam, May 24, 2013. Moderated by Henk Oosterling.

What Is Ecological Philosophy?

A talk by Tim Morton at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, May 24, 2013. Respondent: Henk Oosterling.

September 05 2012


Dancing In The Dark: The Intelligence of Bees

Bees are remarkable among insects. They can count, remember human faces, and communicate through dance routines performed entirely in the dark. But are they intelligent? Even creative? Bee aficionado Stephen Humphrey, along with a hive of leading bee researchers and scientists, investigates the mental lives of bees.

August 20 2012


The Amazing World of Spiders

We all know the eensey-weensey spider went down the water spout. But for a lot of us, that’s about all we know about spiders. They’re around. They spin webs. They have a lot of legs and make some people shriek. A big new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History goes way on in to the spider story, with the fishing spider and the golden orb-web spider and the goliath bird eater spider – a spider as big as your hand. It’s got the story of spider venom and spider silk – stronger than steel! – and why we need spiders. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/08/16/spiders

August 10 2012


Paul Davies: Are we alone in the universe?

Is intelligent life trying to communicate with us from space? Professor Paul Davies explores the potential and limits of research into the origin and evolution of life, and the search for life beyond Earth. Has ET maybe visited our planet ages ago and left us a message? At the Australian National University, Paul Davies discussed his latest book The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?

August 09 2012


March 04 2012


Nature: The original computer whizz

Alan Turing is sometimes called 'the founder of computer science'. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, Charlotte Stoddart went to Oxford to meet his biographer, physicist Andrew Hodges. In this podcast, they talk about Turing's famous 1936 paper on computable numbers, his contribution to cracking the German Enigma ciphers, and his thoughts on machine intelligence. http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/index-turing-2012-02-23.html

January 12 2012


Rethinking "Out of Africa"

I'm thinking a lot about species concepts as applied to humans, about the "Out of Africa" model, and also looking back into Africa itself. I think the idea that modern humans originated in Africa is still a sound concept. Behaviorally and physically, we began our story there, but I've come around to thinking that it wasn't a simple origin. Twenty years ago, I would have argued that our species evolved in one place, maybe in East Africa or South Africa. There was a period of time in just one place where a small population of humans became modern, physically and behaviourally. Isolated and perhaps stressed by climate change, this drove a rapid and punctuational origin for our species. Now I don’t think it was that simple, either within or outside of Africa. CHRISTOPHER STRINGER is one of the world's foremost paleoanthropologists. He is a founder and most powerful advocate of the leading theory concerning our evolution: Recent African Origin or "Out of Africa". He has worked at The Natural History Museum, London since 1973, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and currently leads the large and successful Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project (AHOB), His most recent book is The Origin of Our Species (titled Lone Survivors in the US). http://edge.org/conversation/rethinking-out-of-africa

December 18 2011


PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge

Going Ape: Imagine a relative who organizes orgies with the neighbors, doesn't mind if their partner sleeps around and firmly believes females should be in charge of everything. Actually, those ARE your relatives. They're bonobo apes and they share almost 99 percent of your DNA. Makes Aunt Mildred seem... almost normal.

December 01 2011


Neuroscience of Cooperation

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Eric Fortune of Johns Hopkins University reveals how our brains are wired for cooperation.

October 31 2011


May 07 2011


The most human humanity

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