Growing Up in the Universe: Richard Dawkins Presents Captivating Science Lectures for Kids (1991)

Back in 1825, Michael Faraday, the venerated English scientist, established The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children. Faraday gave the inaugural lecture himself, hoping to get a younger generation interested in science, and the tradition has carried on ever since. Above, we’re skipping forward 166 years to 1991, when Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s best known evolutionary biologists, presented a five part lecture series called Growing Up in the Universe. It’s a rather brilliant look at life, the universe, and our place in it. And while it’s geared toward a younger crowd, adults will enjoy it too. Originally televised by the BBC, the lectures now appear on YouTube, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

All of the lectures, whose titles are listed below, can be viewed in the playlist above. More RI Christmas Lectures for Children can be viewed online here. This series will be added to our collection. 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

Lecture 1: Waking Up in the Universe

Lecture 2:  Designed and Designoid Objects

Lecture 3:  Climbing Mount Improbable

Lecture 4: The Ultraviolet Garden

Lecture 5: The Genesis of Purpose

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