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Notable UC Berkeley Lectures & Events

[Chomsky, Noam] Naturalism and Dualism in the Study of Language and Mind

Lecture taped by the Office of Media Services, University of California, Berkeley. Noam Chomsky, noted professor of linguistics, expounds upon the unification of linguistics with the natural sciences and dualism versus the scientific approach in the philosophy of language. U.C. Berkeley, April 5, 1994. 100 min.

[Clinton, William Jefferson]Address at Zellerbach Hall, University of California at Berkeley, January 29, 2002

Opening commentary (19 min.): Robert Berdahl, Gray Davis. Former President Clinton addresses an audience at the University of California Berkeley expounding on the economic prosperity of the 1990s in the United States, saying that its lopsided nature also bred terrorism and identity politics and that an increase of financial foreign aid is needed to combat terrorism. Produced for the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor by Educational Technology Services, University of California at Berkeley.

[Dyson, Freeman] Freeman Dyson on the Origins of Life: An Abstract Model for the Origin of Life. (Hitchcock lecture ; 2).

Professor Dyson draws equations to present his mathematical model for the origin of life. He talks about the random drift from disordered to ordered situation and explains the transition from a "neutral model" (disorder) to the Darwinian selection (order).

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[Dyson, Freeman] Freeman Dyson on the Origins of Life: Experimental and Theoretical Background (Hitchcock lecture ; 1).

As philosopher and physicist, Professor Freeman J. Dyson guides experiments about origins of life and explains how and why physicists are involved in biology. He sees the Earth as a living organism in homeostatic stability and makes mathematical models to explain origins of life.

[Dyson, Freeman] Freeman Dyson on the Origins of Life: Questions Arising From My Model and Others (Hitchcock lecture ; 3).

Speculations that polypeptides may have been the original organisms on Earth and that cells developed before genes. People broke away from the tyranny of genes but they are governed by culture which overrides the genes.

[Dyson, Freeman] Freeman Dyson on the Origins of Life: Theology and the Origin of Life.

Discussion of two concepts of life: Life as result of random processes and life as part of God's plan. According to professor Dyson God is not omniscient or omnipotent. He grows with the universe and learns as the universe develops.

[Eakin, Richard] Charles Darwin

Professor Richard M. Eakin of the Dept. of Zoology, University of California presents a lecture in which he impersonates Charles Darwin in the words, dress, and manner of his time. Tells of his epic voyage on the Beagle, observations of Galapagos finches that figured in his conclusions on organic evolution, and the writing of the books in which he outlined his theory of natural selection. c1973. 24 min.

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[Eakin, Richard] Gregor Mendel

Professor Richard M. Eakin of the Dept. of Zoology, University of California, presents a lecture in which he impersonates Gregor Mendel in the words, dress, and manner of his time. Describes his interest in heredity and his experiments with the pea plant, and comments on the elementen, his hypothetical units of heredity. c1973. 24 min. [preservation copy]

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[Eakin, Richard] Hans Spemann and Embryonic Development

Dr. Richard Eakin, professor emeritus of zoology presents Hans Spemann speaking about his investigations in embryonic development. c1973. 42 min.

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[Eakin, Richard] Louis Pasteur

Recreation of Louis Pasteur by Professor Richard Eakin of the Dept. of Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. 1974.

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