The Story Behind Charles Darwin and Natural Selection

Everything you wanted to know about the life of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Course Description

Have you ever wondered what Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection was all about? You're not alone. This course aims to help you with this in more ways than one. At the end of this course you will be able to confidently explain how Darwin came up with his theory and what it means.

This course is perfect for students and lifelong learners. The course is composed of three sections and eight lessons. Each lesson is presented in a video format which has been tested to perform on any device. The total length from start to finish is approximately 90 minutes.

Overview

The course is split up into three sections.

  1. Darwin's life before publishing On the Origin of Species
  2. What his book is about and what evolution by natural selection means
  3. How his book and theory affected both his life and his health

Each section is composed of video lessons using text and voice actors (my favorite part) to teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about Charles Darwin and his theory. At the end of each lesson you will be presented with a short quiz to test your knowledge (I promise there is no grade).

What are the requirements?

  • All you need is a device capable of watching videos on.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what life was life for Charles before his voyage on the HMS Beagle.
  • Understand why he published his book when he did.
  • Understand what his theory of evolution by natural selection means.
  • Learn why he had fears and what those fears did to his health.
  • Learn what others thought of his book and his theory at the time.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for students and lifelong learners who would like to understand what Charles Darwin's theory is all about and how it applies to them.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

01:33

In this opening lecture, Rick Coste explains what you can expect in the lessons which follow.

Section 1: Section 1: Young Charles and the HMS Beagle
10:06

In this lecture you will learn about Charles' early life, long before he ever set foot upon the HMS Beagle. Among the things covered will be:

  • The influence of a grandfather he never met
  • His performance in school
  • His ambitions prior to becoming a naturalist
6 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 1 - 'Young Charles'

08:48

This lesson will cover Charles' travels upon the HMS Beagle during its five year voyage. You will learn about his role on board the ship, and how his visit to the galapagos Islands changed his way of thinking about nature.

9 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 3 - 'Charles and the HMS Beagle'

09:25

This lesson covers Charles' life after his life-changing voyage. With his specimens and notebooks he began to shape and develop the theory that would fill the pages of his seminal work.

5 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 3 - 'A Theory Develops'

Section 2: Section 2: 'On the Origin of Species' and Natural Selection
13:50

In this lesson you will learn about his 1859 work On the Origin of Species. Covered will be the events which precipitated its publication, its reception, and the work he did in the years following.

7 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 4 - 'On the Origin of Species'

11:49

If you've ever wondered what natural selection entails this lesson is for you. Using rabbits as an example you will learn what natural selection means and how it explains the abundance of life around us.

4 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 5 - 'Natural Selection'

Section 3: Section 3: Darwin's Life Post Publication
10:00

This lesson will cover the doubts that Darwin faced leading up to, and after, the publication of On the Origin of Species. You will learn how these doubts affected him both professionally and personally.

5 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 6 - 'Darwin's Doubts'

10:31

In this lesson you will learn about the struggle Darwin had to reconcile his theory with the appearance of design in the natural world.

4 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 7 - 'Design?'

09:37

This lesson will cover not only Darwin's struggles with the appearance of design in nature, but also his thoughts on God.

4 questions

This is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of the materials presented in Lesson 8 - 'The God Hypothesis'

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Instructor Biography

Rick Decost, Writer & Producer

Rick Coste is a writer and producer. He currently hosts the highly acclaimed 'Evolution Talk' audio show and podcast which has an audience in over 100 countries. His courses are designed for students and lifelong learners. Past projects include 'Philosophy Walk', 'Who Said Anything About Free Will', and the online e-zone 'The Absent Willow Review'.

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