Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth

A documentary made upon the book: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by the biologist Professor Richard Dawkins, who has spent a lifetime educating the general public about the basic principles and mechanism behind the evolution.

Ray Kurzweil on 2009 Longevity Conference

Famed inventor and futurist tell scientists gathered at the 2009 Longevity Conference that we are “very close to a tipping point in human history.” According to his projections, in 15 years we will be adding more than one year every year to YOUR lifespan.
It’s a very interesting lecture by a very interesting person. Kurzweil is known for his quite accurate predictions of the future so although some of the points he makes sound pretty incredible, they are actually very possible.

Molecular Visualizations of DNA

Amazing CGI visualization of molecular biology’s central dogma. It shows animations of DNA coiling, replication, transcription and translation.

It was created by Drew Berry of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Biotic Games

Stanford physicist Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has begun developing “biotic games” involving paramecia and other living organisms. He hopes the games lead to advances in education and crowd-sourcing of laboratory research while helping to raise the level of public discourse on bio-related issues.

Nice Guys Finish First

Nice Guys Finish First is a 1986 documentary by Richard Dawkins which discusses selfishness and cooperation, arguing that evolution often favors co-operative behavior, and focusing especially on the tit for tat strategy of the prisoner’s dilemma game.
I find it very interesting to see examples of cooperation emerging spontaneously, very often for the sake of preserving some balance. There are many examples in our society, such as a football match in which opposing teams decided to cooperate and make it a draw rather than trying to best one another. A more extreme example are two opposing armies in a war; it happens in every war that opposing soldiers decide to cooperate, realizing that doing so actually helps them survive.

UC Berkeley – Integrative Biology 131: General Human Anatomy

This is a complete course from UC Berkeley; Integrative Biology 131: General Human Anatomy from the Fall of 2005. It is taught by Professor Marian Diamond, one of the most inspiring teachers I have seen.

The Department of Integrative Biology offers a program of instruction that focuses on the integration of structure and function in the evolution of diverse biological systems. It investigates integration at all levels of organization from molecules to the biosphere, and in all taxa of organisms from viruses to higher plants and animals.

Miracle Planet

Miracle Planet is a 5-video series co-produced by the NFB, NHK Japan, the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. Filmed around the world and based upon the most recent scientific findings, Miracle Planet combines location footage and interviews with leading scientists, along with computer animation, to vividly depict the cataclysmic events that have shaped our planet and all of the life-forms within it. The five episodes tells a profound and gripping story which places the evolution of life on Earth in perspective with our place in the universe – from the simplest microbes to the complexity and diversity that is found on the planet today.

DNA – The Molecule of Life

What is the force at the heart of life? What is the engine that drives it forward? That links all living things from the smallest to the largest, that links families through generations, looks, personality, health, and in sickness?
Scientists have searched for the answer for hundreds of years, until 1953 when two young men ran into a British pub shouting that they’ve discovered the secret of life.
The secret was DNA, a microscopic strand of only four chemicals but capable of such infinite variety that it carries the blueprint and directs the growth of every living thing on earth. The genetic revolution was about to begin. This is a documentary about genetics and ethics.

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.

This is a brilliant talk by some of the brightest scientific minds. Both of them great speakers and great teachers.

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