Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Darwin!

Today is Charles Darwin's 200th birthday (thanks to the reminder via twitter @gracechua). Lots is happening around the globe, just see the Darwin Day webpage.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Stanford University initiated a Stanford Continuing Studies course called Darwin's Legacy (DAR 200) in September 2008. Part of the motivation of this was to increase literacy in the theory of evolution, inescapable in the environment of what Time magazine called "The Evolution Wars."

Stanford video-recorded this series that included many speakers from around the country who explore Darwin's legacy in fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature, and biology.

The Darwin's Legacy series is available on iTunes and on YouTube as well:

Have fun watching, downloading and listening to these entertaining lectures on some of those long bus journeys!

Thanks to Dan Colman, editor of Open Culture.

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