Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution - David P. Barash (Audiobook)

"A tonic for the mind."
—Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion

"Barash . . . brilliantly integrat[es] science, literature, and pop culture into elegant and insightful commentaries on the most interesting and important questions of our time. A delightful read.
—Michael Shermer, author of The Science of Good and Evil

"Entertaining and thought-provoking."
—Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate

As the debate between proponents of intelligent design and of evolution rages on, Barash demonstrates how natural selection can explain various aspects of the human experience. He tackles some of the harder questions, such as whether or not we have free will. He debunks the notion that humans are exceptions in the process of evolution. He takes on common arguments against evolution, such as the assertion that it's only a theory and that natural selection cannot create anything new. He addresses the fallacy behind the belief that all natural phenomena are good. Many attributes of human behavior, such as infanticide and racism, he proposes, may be wired into our genes. He muses on the relationship between culture and biology, considering, for example, why people keep pets. Science News

File size: 215 MB


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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Interview with Richard Dawkins on Swiss TV

This was originally uploaded on Richarddawkins.net yesterday. The topic is The Greatest Show on Earth, but the interviewer is insistently trying to change the subject to The God Delusion. She asks ridiculous questions such as "do you think religious people are mentally ill" referring to the title, The God Delusion (insert facepalm here). Later, she suggests that if Bach had been an atheist, he probably wouldn't have composed beautiful music. However she ignores the fact that not all classical composers, artists and painters were inspired by God, they made art to live on too (besides some suggest that Beethoven composed Für Elise for Elisabeth Röckel, not for a Supreme Being e.g.).

File size: 364 MB


Friday, March 11, 2011

Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism - Matt Young, Taner Edis

Includes the article by Victor J. Stenger, the author of GOD: The Failed Hypothesis

Is Darwinian evolution established fact, or a dogma ready to be overtaken by the next scientific revolution? The intelligent design movement argues the latter.

Why Intelligent Design Fails assembles a team of physicists, biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and archaeologists to examine intelligent design from a scientific perspective. They consistently find grandiose claims without merit.

Contributors take intelligent design’s two most famous claims––irreducible complexity and information-based arguments––and show that neither challenges Darwinian evolution. They also discuss thermodynamics and self-organization; the ways human design is actually identified in fields such as forensic archaeology; how research in machine intelligence indicates that intelligence itself is the product of chance and necessity; and cosmological fine-tuning arguments.

Intelligent design turns out to be a scientific mistake, but also a useful contrast highlighting the amazing power of Darwinian thinking and the wonders of a complex world without design. Amazon

File size: 1.26 MB


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

BBC Horizon - Are We Still Evolving?

We, humans, emerged some 200,000 years ago. About 60,000 years ago, we spread out from Africa. And since then, we've moved to every corner of the planet. But on the course of that journey, something incredible happened, something that means the normal rules of evolution may no longer apply to us. Advancements in science and medicine slowed down our evolution process. Physical anthropologist Alice Roberts searches for the clues that we are still changing. At the beginning of the program, she visits an abandoned mine to show natural selection in action. The earthworms here adapted to live in poisonous soil. She also meets geneticist Steve Jones, who is also known as the author of Almost Like a Whale.

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Total Size (MB) ....: 746,02 MB
Video Length .......: 00:59:00



HDTV [1.86 GB]

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Great Debate: What is Life?

Richard Dawkins, J. Craig Venter, Sidney Altman, Leland Hartwell, Chris McKay, Paul Davies, Lawrence Krauss, and Roger Bingham discuss the definition of life, the origins of life, the possibility of finding life on other worlds, and artificial life.

Related to:
The Great Debate: Can Science Tell Us Right from Wrong?

File size: 257.97 MB




Thursday, March 3, 2011

Living Without Religion

A positive message from CFI: You don't need God to hope, to care, to love, to live. Couldn't be more true!
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