Miranda (mandydax) wrote,

Growing Up in the Universe

Over the last couple of evenings, I've been mostly listening to (and watching a bit) the series of five lectures that Richard Dawkins gave in 1991. They're available in five parts for free here. Although these were mostly for children, I actually learned some things and gleaned insights that I hadn't encountered before. I recommend that everyone watch these. They're really quite entertaining, and I must that even at age fifty, he makes good eye-candy. ~_^ And for the HHGttU fans, there's a bit in Episode 4 where Douglas Adams does a reading from one of his books.

Description from the RDF:

Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available free online, courtesy of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
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