BRING GREAT MINDS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
RICHARD DAWKINS
Is Evolution Progressive?
In setting out to answer his central question "Is Evolution Progressive?",
Dawkins illustrates the human biases that continue to muddle our
understanding of just what evolutionary 'progress' means; from early
Victorian influences, to contemporary scientific texts which uncritically
invoke 'evolutionary scales' and notions of 'higher' and 'lower' organisms.
In turn, Dawkins demonstrates the 'human chauvinistic' definition of
progress, and why, if progress is defined from this point of view, it
becomes easy to deny any progressive elements to evolution. In response,
Dawkins argues that if we use a more biologically sensible definition of
progress, evolution can indeed be shown to be progressive in a very
important sense.
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Richard Dawkins : The Selfish Meme is the optional 50 minute companion
program to
Is Evolution Progressive?. In this bonus presentation,
Richard Dawkins goes in-depth to address key implications, criticisms, and
the most commonly asked questions raised by the main program. [Note:
Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Meme is optional, but is not sold separately. It
may be added to
Is Evolution Progressive? for just $74 more.]
Running times:
Is Evolution Progressive?:
Approx. 50 mins
The Selfish Meme: Approx. 50 mins
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