Growing Up in the Universe
Growing Up in the Universe was a series of lectures given by Richard Dawkins as part of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in which he discussed the evolution of life in the universe. The lectures were first broadcast in 1991, in the form of five one-hour episodes.
To start off part one, Dawkins discusses the amazing capabilities of the human body and contrasts these with the limited capabilities of computers and other man-made machines. He uses a small totem pole (which is used in ancestor worship) to illustrate the importance of studying our ancestors to understand how we’ve evolved.
There are 5 episodes included in the playlist above. They address the following subjects:
1. Waking Up in the Universe,
2. Designed and Designoid Objects,
3. Climbing Mount Improbable,
4. The Ultraviolet Garden,
5. The Genesis of Purpose.