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Myths and misconceptions about evolution: A TED-Ed lesson about the subtletiesMyths and misconceptions about evolution: A TED-Ed lesson about the subtleties

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

Evolution. The concept surrounds us — it’s a standard part of science class, it’s routinely thrown out as explaining our actions in relationships, business and behavior — and yet, so many people hold subtle misunderstandings of what Darwin’s theory actually means. In this animated TED-Ed lesson, educator Alex Gendler gives a primer on the hard-to-grasp […]

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New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

Posted By Tedstaff

TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, three new playlists are available: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?” Ancient clues Five fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity’s beginnings and […]

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Talks to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthdayTalks to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The day was February 12, 1809. The place was Shrewsbury, England. The person born there: Charles Darwin. With the publication of his classic, On the Origins of Species, Darwin set the wheels in motion for a dramatic transformation of the way human beings understand the world and how we came to exist in it . […]

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How we know about evolution: Aaron Reedy at TED2012How we know about evolution: Aaron Reedy at TED2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Photo: Duncan Davidson Aaron Reedy starts by taking us on a quick tour of evolution, natural selection and Darwin. But what’s more interesting than what we know, he adds, and the question all curious students ask him: How do we know all this? The best way to answer this question is to give examples: Fossils: […]

 

Cute, sexy, sweet and funny: an evolutionary riddle. Dan Dennett on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn’t expect, as he shares evolution’s counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny). (Recorded at TED U 2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 07:45.) Watch Dan […]

 

On living and diving: An exclusive interview with Richard Pyle

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

To say that Richard Pyle is a multifaceted personality is an understatement. He is a world-renowned diver, evolutionary biologist, dive technology pioneer, database developer and author. But all his talents have grown to facilitate one love — fish. His 2004 TEDTalk demonstrates how he pushed the boundaries of diving in his endeavor to document new […]