00:01    |    
Initial credits
00:24    |    
Charles Darwin's 200th birthday
00:33    |    
On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
Karl Popper
Knowing when to leave a question
Theory of natural selection
Human fertility patterns
What is a species?
Evolution of complexity
William Paley's teleological argument
The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
07:40    |    
Natural selection
Heritable variation
Homicidal men of a Dutch family
Knowing when to leave a question
Honeybees example
12:16    |    
Sex differences
Parents' influence on baby boys and girls
Characteristics of eggs and sperm
Disruptive selection
Successful organisms
Successful gametes
20:07    |    
Survivorship curve
Mating effort
Parental effort
Robert Triver's parent-offspring conflict
Elephant seals example
"Unbluffably expensive"
31:00    |    
Human behavioral ecology
Social environment
The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
33:46    |    
Sexual and social differences between humans and primates
Huge variation
Mating systems
Human traits
Age at weaning and maturity
Neonatal brains
Life patterns
Biologists' definition of population
44:09    |    
Traditional societies
Marriage patterns
Yanomamo society
Yomut Turkmen society
Different treatment for boys and girls
48:52    |    
Historical societies
Family lines
Swedish society
Differences among poor and rich girls
Differences among poor and rich boys
51:44    |    
Modern societies
Women's age when first child is born
Average age at first birth in New Zealand
Differences between women's lives around the world
Reproductive costs
"The Fifty Most Powerful Women in American Business,"  Fortune magazine
Darwin on number of babies and investment in each one
Investment in offspring
Women, fertility and policy
58:34.5    |    
Bottom lines
59:27    |    
Comment and question period
Longevity of women in Spain
Value of a woman's education and background
What would Darwin think about consciousness and commitment in nature?  How would he explain the higher fertility and population rates in poor societies like Latin American and Africa?
Consciousness and commitment
Higher fertility in poor societies
United Nations Development Programme data on life expectancy and World Bank data on age-specific fertility
Total fertility rate (TFR)
Why aren't humans hermaphrodite?
How would Darwin explain a woman having eight babies at a time?
Is the sex ratio in humans about 50/50?
How much have fertility rates been affected by contraception?  What are the evolutionary reasons behind homosexuality?
Does sperm have disadvantages due to its lesser heritability? 
José Ortega y Gasset on the difference between animals and humans. Is the middle ground a parent?
01:18:41    |    
Final credits




A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior: How Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Matters Today

12 de febrero de 2009   | Vistas: 675 |  

In this conference, Bobbi S. Low discusses Charles Darwin and the significance of his classic book On the Origin of Species. She talks about the theory of natural selection, sex differences among various species including humans, and the implications of parental investment in the next generation. Low also compares life patterns among primates and humans and explores how marriage and mating systems are played out in both traditional and modern societies.

Bobbi S. Low is a professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and a research affiliate of…


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín