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4 responses to “Happy Darwin Day”

  1. tigtog

    A great science radio show I’ve recently discovered is Radiolab from USA public radio station WNYC, where presenters Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich take a concept and examine it from as many different scientific, philosophical and cultural perspectives as they can.

    RN’s The Science Show broadcast their episode on “Falling” on Saturday, and it made for fascinating listening.

    There are so many ways to fall—in love, asleep, even flat on your face. This hour, Radiolab dives into stories of great falls.

    We jump into a black hole, take a trip over Niagara Falls, upend some myths about falling cats, and plunge into our favorite songs about falling.

    The full hour’s program podcast is available at the ABC Radio National website (transcript expected by Monday). Radiolab’s own website has podcasts of various chunks of the episode rather than the whole thing (no transcripts that I could see).

  2. tigtog

    P.S. RadioLab has a perfect Darwin-themed episode, too – “The Good Show”:

    In this episode, a question that haunted Charles Darwin: if natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another?

    The standard view of evolution is that living things are shaped by cold-hearted competition. And there is no doubt that today’s plants and animals carry the genetic legacy of ancestors who fought fiercely to survive and reproduce. But in this hour, we wonder whether there might also be a logic behind sharing, niceness, kindness … or even, self-sacrifice. Is altruism an aberration, or just an elaborate guise for sneaky self-interest? Do we really live in a selfish, dog-eat-dog world? Or has evolution carved out a hidden code that rewards genuine cooperation?

  3. dylan agh

    a belated happy Darwin day Tigtog and all.

  4. Napalmnacey

    I first learnt about Darwin when I was a wee one at five. Mum had a book by Time Life called “Evolution”. I scoured that book from front to back, asking my Mum to explain the bits I couldn’t read. The idea of evolution was so fascinating to me, and remains so to this day. I was so excited about what I read, I wanted to be a scientist. Unfortunately my little self didn’t know about the maths component, which would be my undoing in the end. :-P Oh well, I’m happy as an artist and musician!

    Darwin, Happy Birthday, you awesome dude!

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