Darwin Video Miscellany

“Mr. Darwin, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Matthew,” award-winning and education-incorporated song by David Haines (via G. Beccaloni):

Animated “Mr. Darwin” (Botanical Version):

Case Western University’s Year of Darwin / Dr. Randolph Nesse: The Great Opportunity: New Evolutionary Applications in Medicine:

David Quammen on Darwin for National Geographic:

Darwin 2009 videos (4) from University of Oklahoma:

Susie Smartypants explains the evolution! (via PZ)

Darwin Across the Disciplines from Hampshire University:

Videos from Darwin’s Legacy course at Standford

These 10 videos are of presentations from the Stanford Continuing Studies course, Darwin’s Legacy, in September 2008.

Lecture 1: September 22, 2008 introductory lecture by William Durham for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Professor Durham provides an overview of the course; Professor Robert Siegel touches upon “Darwin’s Own Evolution;” Professor Durham returns for a talk on “Darwin’s Data;” and the lecture concludes with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lynn Rothschild.

Lecture 2: September 29, 2008 lecture by Eugenie Scott for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Scott explores the evolution vs. creationism debate and provides an argument for evolution. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Brent Sockness and Jeff Wine.

Lecture 3: October 6, 2008 lecture by Janet Browne for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Browne presents a biography on Charles Darwin and explores Darwin’s Origin of Species. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Craig Heller and Robert Proctor.

Lecture 4: October 13, 2008 lecture by Daniel Dennett for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Dennett presents the philosophical importance of Darwin’s theory of evolution. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Hank Greely and Chris Bobonich.

Lecture 5: October 20, 2008 lecture by Peter and Rosemary Grant for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). The Grants discuss how and why species multiply. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Carol Boggs and Rodolfo Dirzo.

Lecture 6: October 27, 2008 lecture by Niles Eldredge for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Eldredge discusses Darwin’s life and work. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Ward Watt and Liz Hadly.

Lecture 7: November 3, 2008 lecture by Professor Melissa Brown for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Professor Brown speaks about the history and consequences of social Darwinism, and offers insight into new ways of thinking about social evolution.

Lecture 8: November 10, 2008 lecture by Paul Ewald for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Ewald speaks about how several pathogenic viruses have evolved over time to break down the cell’s barriers to several types of cancer. He suggests that further research will aid in the discovery of additional viruses linked to the causation of cancer. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Gary Schoolnik and Stanley Falkow.

Lecture 9: November 17, 2008 lecture by Russell Fernald for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Fernald discusses how social behavior changes the brains of fish, animals, and humans to adapt to situations typically involving mating behaviors. The lecture is concluded with a panel discussion with Eric Knudsen and Charles Junkerman.

Lecture 10: December 1, 2008 lecture by George Levine for the Stanford Continuing Studies course on Darwin’s Legacy (DAR 200). Dr. Levine discusses through analysis of Darwin’s literary works, ways of seeing and being enchanted by the world as well as the poetic eloquence of Darwin’s prose. The lecture is concluded with a discussion between Dr. Levine and Rob Polhemus.

National Geographic: "Darwin’s Secret Notebooks"

From National Geographic:

Darwin’s Secret Notebooks

Although Darwin’s discoveries about evolution are well-known and just as controversial today, he didn’t have a grand epiphany on the Galapagos islands or while exploring the globe. From his notebooks, however, a new way of thinking about life forms emerged, and this National Geographic program uses these writings along with aerial, landscape, and underwater photography to explain how Darwin’s research (and species) evolved. 2008, 50 mins.

According to Amazon, this video will be available on February 10, 2009 (T minus 2 days).

A "I should be doing something else (like work)" miscellany

Richard Carter of The Red Notebook is liveblogging his visit to London to see the new Darwin exhibit there…

From the NCSE, news of a video from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, which has a segment on paleontology, evolution, and creationism. It features Kevin Padian, who will be speaking in March 2009 at the “Darwin’s Legacy” conference geared toward undergraduate and graduate students. (I am submitting an abstract for my paper on Darwin’s seed experiments that I wrote in Fall 2007.)

Another video on creationism: “The Creationism Controversy in the Classroom” (from Guardian)

The Royal Society Archive is free again, until February 1st. Go here to start searching…

Visit the online store for NHM’s exhibit Darwin: Big Idea, Big Exhibition. The holidays are upon us… maybe give someone the HMS Beagle jigsaw puzzle, and help the Beagle Project put together a much larger version of the ship by donating to their cause.

“Who’s Afraid of Charles Darwin,” by Lorna Salzman. Her other writings on evolution, biodiversity, ecology, natural history, etc. here.