Origin of Science Video: Darwin’s Legacy | Lecture 1

Objective Description

The film “Darwin’s Legacy/ Lecture 1” launched in Stanford University is one of the most elaborate scholarly works produced by the contemporary America by greatly renowned 21st century pro- Darwin scientists. It begins by an extensive of introduction of thee Scholars and their achievements, William Durham and four other professors who are committed in the planning committee of Darwin’s Legacy. The aim of the film is to celebrate Darwin and the evolutionary thought. The single best idea ever written is Charles Darwin’s natural selection theory. It is interesting to note the incredibly high registration populations across the US and the United Kingdom.

The film is basically about class lessons based on the Charles Darwin broken down into four goals which are spread out across 10 lessons.  The topics are one, to celebrate Darwin and the evolutionary thought during which celebrations of both Abraham Lincoln and Darwin’s birth 150 years ago, two, to explore the impact of evolution, three, “evolutionary literacy”,  fourth, is “bring the Best and the brightest”. After the launch by William, the lessons begin immediately by Prof. Robert Siegel to discuss about Darwin’s own evolution. The lessons will be facilitated by different scholars. Prof. Siegel gives an introduction of why it was Darwin to be involved in these theories and relates his achievements with those of Abraham Lincoln did deep discussion of the DNA helix structure. He had an extraordinary behavior such as marrying his first cousin was a compulsive writer, neither attended his father’s nor his daughter’s burial and obsessed of his health.

Paradigms for thinking about Darwin include the temporal, conflict resolution, convergence of factors and intellectual milieu paradigms. The temporal paradigm may be divided into four phases which are turning point, such as before and after the origin and before and aboard Beagle. Prof. Siegel gives a broad description of the DNA discovery at the same time the theories on the origin of species wee given by Darwin. The lessons continue in detail with the guidance of various questions.


Objective Critique

Pros of Darwin’s Legacy

Has an elaborate introduction

The film begins by the introduction of the main actors in the Darwin Legacy and this sheds light on the objective of this film giving the origin and the time the idea of making this film was hatched. The committee involved is all enthusiasts of Charles Darwin’s theories and therefore easily gives every detail of the lessons that are beginning and impeding celebrations.

Outlines the goals of the Course

The course being launched in this film is one of its kinds and therefore the professor has succeeded in outlining the four goals of the course. His include a summary of the lecture lessons to be given during the 10 lessons and this gives a hint of how it will proceed.

Display scholarly maturity

The scholars give the reputation of each other helping the audiences to know the stakeholders in the Darwin’s Legacy. The students are also identified bringing into focus the great expectation of the students as they applaud one speaker after the other. The ideas and information in the film is also properly referenced.


It is technical

The participants in this film are professionals and students who are specialists in this subject or any other audience that is interested in acquiring and applying this knowledge elsewhere hence not targeting general audience.

The film uses original material

The information used by Prof.  Siegel is original and hence reliable. He uses a photocopy of a material written by Darwin himself concerning his health together with other published books such as the one written by Dawkins. He also illustrates his lessons with diagrams that increase understanding by the students of his discussions.


Cons of Darwin’s Legacy

Data is wrong

It is doubtful that 50% of Americans believe in evolution. Despite the illustration given, my common sense tells me that about 50% may not be aware of Darwin’s theories while the remaining forms a great majority of other religions that have different opinions on the origin of science.

It has a long take

The film shows a very long lecture or presentation involving introducing the day’s event and then proceeding with the lessons. This is not advisable as there should be breaks in between.

The learning process is rarely interactive

The learners are not given an opportunity to ask questions or give their opinions

No room for future research

As a science based in history, all that is discussed is in the past hence there are hardly any areas where the students may be challenged to go and try to get more ideas.

It does not give decisive decisions

Now that these are history lessons, teaching is manly though narration after which everybody asks questions and goes home. I t is difficult to find out whether the story can has made any impact in the life of these listeners.

Subjective Conclusion

Charles Darwin was a man born in the right time when there are there were few scientists in the world. Indeed his childhood and youth was quite unique behavior which in playing games at night and marrying his first cousin. His theory of natural selection was the best and consequently was awarded many other theories proposed by this compulsive reader of many books since about the evolution of animals either from lower forms to more advanced forms or advancing their physical and psychological changes that occurs as a result of changes in the environment.  Darwin’s theories borrows a lot and shares and shares his ideas with others scientists such Lamarck’s theories. They are based on thinking of all organisms arising from former existing lives.