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Our Changing Brain

Lecture no. 9 from the course: 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

Our Changing Brain

Taught by Professor Indre Viskontas | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Science has revealed that our brains actually change shape over time. But how? Where in the brain does this occur? How are memories created? What is the relationship between brain plasticity and learning (or unlearning) skills and habits? These are just four of the many questions you’ll encounter in this first lecture on neuroplasticity.

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j********m
December 22, 2016
The previous commenter may be joking, for all I know, but in any event, they are wrong. The evidence for evolution is overwhelming. Even if the fossil record didn't exist AT ALL, the mountains of evidence from comparative anatomy, physiology, embryology, and genetics would be plenty. Even the evidence from molecular genetics alone would probably be enough. But as it happens, we have all those and more. There are still details to be figured out, and lots of work left to do, but the basic theory stands stronger with each passing year. The more evidence we find, the more its predictions seem to be borne out. And, of course, it remains falsifiable but unfalsified. And just as importantly: the professor didn't say "Darwinian Evolution is the foundation of all branches of science". What she said was "Evolution is the foundation of the entire field of biology", which, of course, it is. None of our modern understanding of biology could exist without it. The real exciting thing these days is that we're finding evidence of different mechanisms of evolution, so Darwinian Evolution (by natural and sexual selection), while still true, is probably not the only way in which organisms evolve. That's really interesting, but it wasn't discovered by people going "no no no Darwin always wrong because fossil record and no evidence and la la la la la la i can't hear youuuuu". In closing, there are genuine mistakes in these courses. The last commenter just didn't happen to catch one.

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d********m
September 15, 2016
I enjoyed these lectures a lot. Very comprehensive and interesting. The only mistake I found in these courses is in lecture 9, the professor said the Darwinian Evolution is the foundation of all branches of science. We have no evidence to show that species change into different species over time. All the examples evolutionists give us are either microevolution that happens within a species or projecting macroevolution on a fossil of an organism unrelated to known organisms. Darwinism is nothing but pseudoscience because it cannot be verified in observations. Other than that, these lectures are great.

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