Video series of WEIT (Chapter 1)

Treat Paine Metcalf of MassComprehension is producing a series of online videos using the words from Chapter 1 of Why Evolution is True. Part 3 has just come out, and two more videos remain. (No other chapters will be done). Here’s the latest, and you can find all three at this link.
This is part 3, 5½ minutes long. There’s now a paper book, an audiobook, and this is at least one chapter of a “videobook”:


  1. rickflick
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    This is a delightful series. When it’s done, I’ll sending a link to my kin who are not very well educated in such things. The music alone should lull them into submission.

  2. Don Mackay
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had these excellent clips to hand when teaching evolution at my old high school, some years ago.In those days I used a nice film (based around Galapagos Is.) for which Alan Alda gave an intelligent and at times amusing commentary.

  3. Posted March 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Excellent series so far – looking forward to rest of it.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Should eventually be in all the public schools. Great intro.

  5. Posted March 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    First rate work! Congrats to the film makers.

  6. Graham Head
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    At 2:40 the commentary says 1635 for Linnaeus but the graphic ssys 1735.

    • MassComprehension
      Posted March 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Linnaeus published Systema Naturae, his work on biological classifications, in 1735. Considering Linnaeus was not alive in 1635, the audio here seems incorrect, so I used 1735 in the captions (with an asterisk indicating the discrepancy).

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I always immensely enjoy these. In previous installments we were encouraged to give corrections or suggestions. In the hopes that that is still the case, I suggest a modification of the tree of vertebrates, starting at 1:15. There, the outgroup of the vertebrates is a jellyfish. That is a considerable jump. It is better to have a close relative of the vertebrates that lacks vertebrae instead. The appropriate one to use is a ‘basal chordate’ like Amphioxus.

  8. Debbie Coplan
    Posted March 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    What great videos. The visuals, music and explanations are superb.
    Thank you!

    • George Atkinson
      Posted March 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      The visuals and explanations were indeed nice, but I think the musical bed was too often a distraction: by the third video I was wishing for a knob that would lower the background by 10dB or so, the better to hear the explanations.

  9. Andrea Kenner
    Posted March 8, 2017 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Very nicely done!

  10. Kevin
    Posted March 8, 2017 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Fantastic. Should be used in every school.

  11. Ken Elliott
    Posted March 8, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    This is brilliant! Onto Facebook it goes, where it is sure to garner some interesting comments from my Trump supporting family and friends.

  12. Posted March 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Visual explanations are very valuable!

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