Darwin’s Legacy

For weeks, it’s been one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes: Created by the Cassiopeia Project, “Evolution” (iTunesU) offers a series of video podcasts that explains what scientists know about evolution in a visually appealing format. (If you don’t have an iPod, you can always watch the series on your computer by downloading iTunes here.)

This all gives me a good excuse to highlight another podcast coming out of my program at Stanford. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, we’re presenting a course called Darwin’s Legacy. (Access for free on iTunes here.) Led by Bill Durham, a MacArthur (“genius grant”) Prize Winner and Professor of Anthropology, the course brings together leading Darwin scholars from around the country and explores Darwin’s legacy in fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature, and biology. Among others, you will find here talks (captured in video) by Daniel Dennett and Janet Browne (author of the definitive two-volume Darwin biography.) To access the complete course via iTunes, which is being rolled out in weekly installments, simply click here. Down the road, we will also be making the course available on YouTube. For many other free university courses, click here

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