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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