Monday, July 21, 2008

On The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin (Edited and Read by Richard Dawkins)

"On The Origin of Species" (or "The Origin of the Species") is a very important work, edited and read by Richard Dawkins. This is Charles Darwin's seminal book examining evolution and the origin of species. It is rated by Melvyn Bragg and Radio 4 as one out of 12 of the world's most important and influential books ever published.

"On The Origin of Species must be high on any serious list of the most important and influential books ever written. On its first publication, in 1859, Thomas Henry Huxley exclaimed "How extremely stupid of me not to have thought of that." Charles Darwin's revolutionary idea is, indeed, an astoundingly simple one, especially when you measure it against the magnitude of what it explains—every fact that we know about life on earth.

"Listen to Origin of Species, and you immediately find yourself ushered into the presence of one of the finest minds ever to grace this planet. In this recording, which was a true labour of love, I made no attempt to act the part of Darwin, but instead worked hard, as a modern follower of Darwin, to convey the true meaning of every sentence. I even surprised myself: the exercise of reading Darwin's words aloud and identifying in every phrase the syllable that needed to be stressed, revealed to me the subtleties and depths of meaning that I had missed when reading quietly to myself. I hope listeners will be enlightened in the same way.

"Of Darwin's six editions I chose to abridge from the first. Surprisingly, and in many ways, it is the most modern. Moreover, it is of greatest historical interest, as being the one that actually hit the Victorian solar plexus and drove out the wind of centuries. In abridging the book, my priority was to cut those passages that are now known to be wrong, notably those concerned with genetics. I believe it is what Darwin himself would have wished. What takes my breath away as a modern biologist is how much Darwin got right. It has been well said that he worked a century and more ahead of his time. The year 2009 is both the bi-centenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and that statement is becoming harder and harder to deny." Richard Dawkins

File Size: 277 MB

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Scars of Evolution - David Attenborough

A BBC Radio 4 documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough. Broadcasted on April 12, 2005 and April 19, 2005.

Scars of Evolution looks at the history and current status of the 'aquatic ape hypothesis' (AAH), first proposed over 45 years ago by Sir Alister Hardy, then elaborated and developed by Elaine Morgan and others.

Part 1
The series starts by looking at the history of the AAH and other competing theories of human origins - and at the prevailing ideas about early human evolution in 1960 when Hardy first raised the tentative question: Was man more aquatic in the past? Programme one considers Raymond Dart's Taung Child discovery and the ensuing savannah theory of human origins, as popularised by Robert Ardrey and Desmond Morris; the reaction to Hardy's radical alternative and to Elaine Morgan's bestseller: Descent of Woman.

Part 2
The second programme looks at the evidence that has accumulated in the last 5 - 10 years which seems to be driving the anthropological herd inexorably down to the water's edge. It includes reports on brain evolution, highlighting the essential fatty acids and nutrients that can only be sourced in the marine food chain; the global coastal migrations of early hominids, including major water crossings 1 million years ago; diving response and voluntary breath-control as semi-aquatic pre-adaptation for speech and some new and intriguing research findings that seem to indicate that water-births may be a very ancient human adaptation indeed.

File Size: 50 MB
Format: MP3, 128 kbps

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Ultimate IQ Test Book: 1,000 Practice Test Questions to Boost Your Brain Power


Many people still have the outdated belief that there is little they can do to improve the brain they are born with and that brain cells continually degenerate with age: but, in fact, our brain cells continually develop new and stronger connections and adult brains can grow new cells irrespective of age.

The main thing is to use your brain continually. For example, the more we practise at tests of verbal aptitude the more we increase our ability to understand the meaning of words and use them effectively; the more we practise at maths the more confident we become when working with numbers, the better our ability to perform arithmetic operations accurately, and the quicker we become at performing these operations; and the more we practise our ability to move our fingers and manipulate small objects the more dextrous we become at operations involving this type of aptitude, and the quicker we become at performing them accurately.

Related to: 10 Days to a Sharper Memory

File Size: 11 MB


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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Richard Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (Audiobook + E-book)

The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way. The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life-like reconstructions of our common ancestors. The Ancestor's Tale represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.

Just as we trace our personal family trees from parents to grandparents and so on back in time, so in The Ancestor's Tale Richard Dawkins traces the ancestry of life. As he is at pains to point out, this is very much our human tale, our ancestry. Surprisingly, it is one that many otherwise literate people are largely unaware of. Hopefully Dawkins's name and well deserved reputation as a best selling writer will introduce them to this wonderful saga.

The Ancestor's Tale takes us from our immediate human ancestors back through what he calls concestors, those shared with the apes, monkeys and other mammals and other vertebrates and beyond to the dim and distant microbial beginnings of life some 4 billion years ago. It is a remarkable story which is still very much in the process of being uncovered. And, of course from a scientist of Dawkins stature and reputation we get an insider's knowledge of the most up-to-date science and many of those involved in the research. And, as we have come to expect of Dawkins, it is told with a passionate commitment to scientific veracity and a nose for a good story. Dawkins's knowledge of the vast and wonderful sweep of life's diversity is admirable. Not only does it encompass the most interesting living representatives of so many groups of organisms but also the important and informative fossil ones, many of which have only been found in recent years. Richard Wentk, Focus Magazine

[Audiobook - 407 MB]

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi - 21 MB]

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Richard Dawkins - The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

Dawkins' book first published in 1982 can be considered as a sequel to The Selfish Gene. A more detailed looking to evolution and genes. Also according to the Dawkins this one is his best book.

Dawkins argues that the only thing that genes control directly is the synthesis of proteins. He points to the arbitrariness of restricting the idea of the phenotype to apply only to the phenotypic expression of an organism's genes in its own body.

File Size: 17 MB
Format: pdf

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Man from Earth (2007)

This award winning movie adapted from the book by Jerome Bixby (screen writer of Star Trek and other science fiction books) is the most mind-opening, shocking and provoking production of the recent years. This one is a brilliant example among the atheist themed films and free thought addressing the mind and soul. In addition to these reasons you should watch this movie because it is a good Sci-Fi flick.

In this movie the main character John Oldman invites his friends before moving to say goodbye. But when a philosophical discussion starts and his colleges ask questions about him the truth of John Oldman's past is revealed. An innocent conversation then turns to a battle between faith and reason, forcing all guests to interrogate themselves. I don't want to give any more spoilers.

Just watch this brilliant movie and discover the truth yourself!

What does IMDB users say about the movie?
"Finally, a thinking-person's sci-fi movie!"
"The epitome of good science fiction"
"A movie for people who aren't afraid to use their brains"
"Jaw-dropping mind-altering fun"

What did the producer Eric D. Wilkinson say about sharing the movie on the net?
"I will not complain about file sharing. When I make my next picture, I just may upload the movie on the net myself! (...) Our independent movie had next to no advertising budget and very little going for it until somebody ripped one of the DVD screeners and put the movie online for all to download. Most of the feedback from everyone who has downloaded “The Man From Earth” has been overwhelmingly positive. [Source]

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Total Size (MB) ....: 697,23 MB
Video Length .......: 01:27:06
Video Codec Name ...: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Resolution .........: 528 x 272
Framerate ..........: 23,976 FPS
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese-BR, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space - Carl Sagan (Audiobook + E-book)

Pale Blue Dot, the same name that inspired by the famous photograph of the Earth, is a journey of popular science writer and astronomer Carl Sagan (Cosmos, Contact...) through time and deep space. Sagan as an enthusiastic explorer continues describing our future in the universe. He takes you a tour around the solar system also explaining the planets, asteroids, and moons and asks questions about our past, present and future in space. Of course Sagan states that the universe never requires a creator.

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi - 2 MB]

[Audiobook - Unabridged, Read by Carl Sagan/MP3, 48 kbps - 208 MB]

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Big Question (5 of 5) How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

The end of the world idea always fascinates us.

We have a chance knowing how the world will end. Modern tools of science reveal new and unexpected threats to life on Earth.

Simple calculations can tell us what should we really fear and what should we dismiss as little more than science fiction.

In this film you will explore the forces which could destroy us with popular science fiction writer and mathematician Ian Nicholas Stewart.

Episode list:
How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking
How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto
Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins
Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield
How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

File Size: 299 MB

The Big Question (4 of 5) Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield

There are 6 billion people on the planet. Every single one of them are unique individual. We each have thougths and ideas and memories and feelings.

What is happening in your brain when talking and listening?

This is not about mechanics of speaking, listening and understanding a language.

This is about subjective sensation of being you.

British scientist Susan Adele Greenfield who brings attention to Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, explains how the brains generate a mind that is individual to each of us.

Welcome to the mysterious world of neurons.

Episode list:
How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking
How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto
Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins
Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield
How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

File Size: 299 MB

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Big Question (3 of 5) Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins

The human race is one of the wonders of the universe. We may be unique. But why are we here? What is the purpose of life? To professor Richard Dawkins, science can tell us why are we here, and the purpose of human existence.

There are some ten million species on Earth. But before Charles Darwin, no one knew how animals came to be so varied, so complex.

For centuries people try to understand why animals was so perfectly equipped for their tasks. They assumed there was only one explanation: Natural world was designed. The designer was God. Reverend William Paley, writing half a century before Darwin, put the case with his famous watchmaker argument.

If there is no designer, how did the complexity and variety of life come about?

Learn the secrets of life with Richard Dawkins.

Episode list:
How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking
How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto
Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins
Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield
How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

File Size: 299 MB

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Big Question (2 of 5) How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto

The chemistry has amazing power to explain the world around us.

But this documentary is pushing its limits.

Seek an answer for the deepest question the human beings asked themselves with Nobel Prize winner chemist Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto: how did life begin?

How did life actually begin on Earth? How are lives linked to the fate of the stars?

Episode list:
How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking
How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto
Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins
Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield
How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

File Size: 300 MB

The Big Question (1 of 5) How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking

The Big Question is a five part documentary that seeks scientific answers to vital questions. The host of every episode is a different famous scientist.

In this first part you'll make a trip with Stephen Hawking to learn how science reveals the greatest mystery of the universe: the creation.

Most religions claimed the universe was very young. For a long time Christians believed that it was just 6000 years old. In the light of science this is no longer credible. But if the universe was not created, how did it happen?

Episode list:
How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking
How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto
Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins
Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield
How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

File Size: 299 MB
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