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  • 22:03 Dame Gillian Beer, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July

    Dame Gillian Beer, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July

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    Darwin was a famously attentive observer, responding to movement, gesture, and the invisible thrust of desires in an array of life forms from oysters and climbing plants to human beings of many cultures. This talk will draw on materials from the whole cou

  • 07:12 Evelyn Fox Keller, Society and Health, Tue 7 July

    Evelyn Fox Keller, Society and Health, Tue 7 July

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    The neo-Darwinian synthesis brought great simplicity to Darwins ideas, but at a cost. Today, new scientific developments require a re-conceptualization of Darwinism that may be of particular importance to the social sciences: evolution is not just about D

  • 13:35 Robert J. Richards, Human Nature and Belief, Wed 8 July

    Robert J. Richards, Human Nature and Belief, Wed 8 July

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    Darwins displacement of intelligent design Professor Robert J Richards (University of Chicago, Illinois, USA) Summary: Darwin constructed his theory utilizing some traditional resources, for the example final causes, purpose. Natural selection took on the

  • 19:36 CARTA: Culture-Gene Interactions In Human Origins: Kristen Hawkes - The Grandmother Hypothesis

    CARTA: Culture-Gene Interactions In Human Origins: Kristen Hawkes - The Grandmother Hypothesis

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Kristen Hawkes, University of Utah, discusses the grandmother hypothesis, which links the evolution of human longevity to ecolog...

  • 12:24 Chris Ponting, Darwin and modern science, Thu 9 July

    Chris Ponting, Darwin and modern science, Thu 9 July

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    Genomes: the books of life Professor Chris Ponting (University of Oxford, UK) Summary: DNA from across the tree of life presents a fascinating record of the impact of natural selection on animal evolution. Differences in anatomy and behaviour between spec

  • 24:32 CARTA: The Origin Of Us -- Richard Ed Green: Interbreeding With Archaic Humans Outside Africa

    CARTA: The Origin Of Us -- Richard Ed Green: Interbreeding With Archaic Humans Outside Africa

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us -- Richard "Ed" Green: Interbreeding with Archaic Humans outside Africa Nean...

  • 37:19 Sarah Hrdy, Health and society, Tue 7 July

    Sarah Hrdy, Health and society, Tue 7 July

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    Darwin and the ascent of emotionally modern man: how humans became such hypersocial apesProfessor Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (University of California, Davis, USA)Summary: As Darwin observed early on, humans are remarkably similar to other apes. Like their larger

  • 31:05 Randolph Nesse, Society and Health, Tue 7 July

    Randolph Nesse, Society and Health, Tue 7 July

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    At least three kinds of evolutionary applications are transforming medicine and public health. First are well-established population genetic and phylogenetic evolutionary methods that are now being used on new genetic data. Second are attempts to address

  • 12:54 Philip Kitcher, Human Nature and Belief, Wed 8 July

    Philip Kitcher, Human Nature and Belief, Wed 8 July

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    Evolutionary Psychology and the Legacy of Sociobiology Professor Philip Kitcher (Columbia University, New York City, USA) Summary: The human sociobiology of the 1970s and 1980s was, I have argued, characterised by overly speculative hypotheses about human

  • 58:45 CARTA: The Upright Ape: Bipedalism And Human Origins - Running Walking And Evolution

    CARTA: The Upright Ape: Bipedalism And Human Origins - Running Walking And Evolution

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Why are we the only two-legged creature to develop an exclusively upright gait? And what did it mean to the development of the h...

  • 09:55 Sir Peter Crane, Darwin and modern science, Thurs 9 July

    Sir Peter Crane, Darwin and modern science, Thurs 9 July

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    chicago, The importance of trees: recent progress with understanding the history of plant life Professor Sir Peter Crane (University of Chicago, Illinois, USA) Summary: Much was learnt about plant evolution in the first 100 years following On the Origin o

  • 08:35 CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin Of Us -- Ajit Varki

    CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin Of Us -- Ajit Varki

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Series: "CARTA - Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny" [Science] [Show ID: 25399]

  • 14:40 Lord Robert May, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July

    Lord Robert May, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July

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    Cooperation among nations in a crowded world Professor Lord Robert May (University of Oxford, UK) Summary: Arguably the central unsolved problem in evolutionary biology from Darwins time to ours is how cooperative behaviour appeared, and has been maintain

  • 1:00:53 Risk and Natural Catastrophes

    Risk and Natural Catastrophes

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    Darwin College Lecture Series 2010. "Risk and Natural Catastrophes" by Professor Mark Bailey( Armagh Observatory)Natural catastrophes rare, high-consequence events present us with a unique conjunction of problems so far as risk is concerned. First, they c

  • 28:43 John Hedley Brooke, Human Nature and Belief, Wed 8 July

    John Hedley Brooke, Human Nature and Belief, Wed 8 July

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    Summary: On no area of human concern has Darwins impact been as keenly felt as on matters of religion. Here I shall not dwell on popular constructions of conflict between creation and evolution, which are often simplistic, but rather consider reasons why

  • 19:05 CARTA:The Origin Of Us -- Lyn Wadley: South African Archaeological Evidence

    CARTA:The Origin Of Us -- Lyn Wadley: South African Archaeological Evidence

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us -- Lyn Wadley: South African Archaeological Evidence Lyn Wadley (Univ of Wit...

  • 30:11 Herbert Gintis, Darwin and modern science, Thu 9 July

    Herbert Gintis, Darwin and modern science, Thu 9 July

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    Towards the unification of the behavioural sciences Professor Herbert Gintis (New Mexico, USA / Budapest, Hungary) Summary: Despite their distinct objects of study, the human behavioural sciences all include models of individual human behaviour. Unity in

  • 20:56 CARTA: The Upright Ape: Bipedalism And Human Origins -- Carol Ward: Early Hominin Body Form

    CARTA: The Upright Ape: Bipedalism And Human Origins -- Carol Ward: Early Hominin Body Form

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Carol Ward (University of Missouri) reviews the growing, although still imperfect, evidence for torso form in apes and early hom...

  • 15:24 Roger Short, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July

    Roger Short, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July

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    Global populations

  • 1:00:24 Risk, Security and Terrorism

    Risk, Security and Terrorism

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    Part of the Darwin College Lecture Series 2010. Social scientists tell us we now live that we live in a world risk society. But what does this really mean and what, if anything, do environmental risks, health risks, and natural disasters have in common wi

  • 08:37 Sir John Sulston, Society and health, Tue 7 July

    Sir John Sulston, Society and health, Tue 7 July

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    Professor Sir John Sulston (University of Manchester, UK) Abstract: Darwin liberated us from dogma by making biology comprehensible, so allowing us to move forward. But whilst natural selection provides an explanation for our existence, it does not tell u

  • 31:06 Harold Varmus, Darwin and Modern Science, Thu 9 July

    Harold Varmus, Darwin and Modern Science, Thu 9 July

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    Darwinian ideas about cancer Professor Harold Varmus (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA) Summary: Charles Darwins ideas about natural selection were developed through meticulous observations about species variation, based on the appear

  • 18:09 CARTA: The Origin Of Us -- Chris Stringer: Fossil Record Of Anatomically Modern Humans

    CARTA: The Origin Of Us -- Chris Stringer: Fossil Record Of Anatomically Modern Humans

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    Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) CARTA: Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us -- Chris Stringer: Fossil Record of Anatomically Modern Humans Evidence poin...

  • 31:13 Lord Martin Rees, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July

    Lord Martin Rees, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July

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    Understanding and changing the world beyond 2050 Professor Lord Martin Rees (University of Cambridge, UK) Summary: By 2050, we will all be increasingly empowered by technology that potentially offers huge benefits to the developing and the developed world

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