Conception to Birth Visualized

Alexander Tsiaras has made a career of using advances in visualization technology to offer vivid tours of the human body. His books have taken readers inside the human heart, the kidneys and vascular system, and also human reproduction. Back in 2002, Tsiaras published From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds, a book that offers a “visual diary of fetal development.” Now, nearly a decade later, he brings that visual diary to video at a conference affiliated with TED. The visuals are impressive. There’s no denying that. But what might leave you cold (or not) is his willingness to talk about human development in terms of “mystery, magic, and divinity” rather than trying to grapple with any scientific analysis. Is this a nod to “Intelligent Design”? Or an unfortunate byproduct of the short talk format? Who knows….


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  • Karen Sampson Hudson

    The best scientists have always acknowledged the mystical, whether in the development of life, the nuclei of atoms, or the span of the universe.

  • http://circlecube.com Evan Mullins

    I’d say a strong nod to intelligent design since he says”hard not to attribute divinity to it” 1:22

  • http://infanttheology.wordpress.com/ Nathan Rinne

    From a fervent Christian who really appreciates your site….

    “There’s no denying that. But what might leave you cold (or not) is his willingness to talk about human development in terms of “mystery, magic, and divinity” rather than trying to grapple with any scientific analysis.”

    Good grief. I’m sure he’s not opposed to scientific analysis, but I get the feeling that you are hesitant to do speak of anything but that…

    What really leaves us cold?

    My take: http://infanttheology.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/this-is-personal/

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