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how human beings arise from the genetics that they inherit.

The Science of Self
Lectures by Professor Lee M. Silver

The Science of Self (2009)
24 lectures, 12 hours
The Science of Self at TheGreatCourses.com

Some of the most profound secrets about what it means to be human are now being revealed, thanks to the amazing tools of biotechnology. The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, opened the book on the genetic instructions that go into making a human. Now other species are being studied at the same level of detail, providing astonishing insights into the whole range of life on Earth.

Armed with these and other findings, scientists are beginning to address age-old mysteries, including these:

  • What is the difference between living organisms and nonliving things?
  • How does DNA instruct a single-cell embryo to create a body with a brain that produces a self-conscious mind?
  • What makes us human? Our minds, genes, appearance, or something else?
  • Is the human species at the end of an evolutionary line, or will it evolve into something entirely different?

In 24 thought-provoking lectures designed for nonscientists, The Science of Self explores these and many other questions in today's exciting field of genomics, the study of the vast storehouse of information contained within chromosomes.

Your professor is Princeton University biologist Lee M. Silver, an acclaimed teacher, scientist, and author of popular books on biotechnology, genetics, and its impact on society. As a participant in the ongoing revolution in biology for the past three decades, Professor Silver has seen his field radically transformed. Even so, he says that he and his colleagues are astonished by the pace of discoveries in recent years and by how much has been learned about the human condition from studying the basic ingredients in genes. "We're teasing out all of the secrets," he marvels.

Enlivened by Dr. Silver's clear and enthusiastic presentation, The Science of Self is an unrivaled opportunity to investigate this dramatic new picture of our past, present, and future as a species.

Professor Lee M. Silver is Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and teaches in both the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his B.A. and M.S. in Physics form the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. His books include Challenging Nature and Remaking Eden. He received a National Institutes of Health MERIT award for outstanding research in genetics.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: A Scientific Approach to Understanding Life 13: Individual Human Variation
2: What Is Life? 14: Evolution of the Human Genome
3: What Is a Human Being? 15: Hidden Whispers from Past Lives
4: Mendel's Theory of Genetic Inheritance 16: Family Pedigrees and Simple Disease Traits
5: Why Identical Twins Are Not Identical 17: Global Human Genetics
6: Chromosomes and Sexual Reproduction 18: Genetic Divergence in Human Populations
7: Digital DNA and the Secret of Inheritance 19: The Genetic Foundation for Human Morality
8: From Genes to Cells 20: A Recipe for Constructing the Brain
9: Tools of Genomics and Biotechnology 21: Brain Chemistry and Personality
10: The Landscape of the Human Genome 22: The Genetics of Mental Disease
11: Why Your Liver Is Not Your Heart 23: The Paradigm-Shifting Impact of Genetics
12: Natural Selection and Species Evolution 24: The Future of the Human Species


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The Science of Self
Lectures by Professor Lee M. Silver

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Science of Self for explaining
how human beings arise from the genetics that they inherit.