Anthropology 1, 001|Spring 2009|UC Berkeley
by Terrence W. DEACON
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to iTunes U collections.
ANTHRO 1 LEC 001 Sp09
||Lecture 32: Evolutionary psychology and human maladaptation||"Lecture 32: Evolutionary psychology and human maladaptation"||5/7/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 31: Coevolutionary context of human society: from foraging to food production||"Lecture 31: Coevolutionary context of human society: from foraging to food production"||5/5/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 30: Does culture evolve? Dual inheritance theories||"Lecture 30: Does culture evolve? Dual inheritance theories"||4/30/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 29: Deviations of human life history: maturation, menopause, and secular trends||"Lecture 29: Deviations of human life history: maturation, menopause, and secular trends"||4/28/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 28: Deviations of human physiology: reproduction, birth, puberty||"Lecture 28: Deviations of human physiology: reproduction, birth, puberty"||4/23/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 27: Hormones and sexual differentiation of body and brain||"Lecture 27: Hormones and sexual differentiation of body and brain"||4/21/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 26: Language and the brain||"Lecture 26: Language and the brain"||4/16/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 25: Nature times nurture: Plasticity and sensitive periods||"Lecture 25: Nature times nurture: Plasticity and sensitive periods"||4/14/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 24: Basic neuroanatomy||"Lecture 24: Basic neuroanatomy"||4/9/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 23: Basic anatomy and functional organization of the brain||"Lecture 23: Basic anatomy and functional organization of the brain"||4/7/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 22: Brain size evolution and the concept of intelligence||"Lecture 22: Brain size evolution and the concept of intelligence"||4/2/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 21: Evolution of modern human diversity||"Lecture 21: Evolution of modern human diversity"||3/31/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 18: Appearance of anatomically modern humans||"Lecture 18: Appearance of anatomically modern humans"||3/19/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 16: Evolution of Homo sapiens||"Lecture 16: Evolution of Homo sapiens"||3/12/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 15:||"Lecture 15:"||3/10/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 14: Tools and the origins of the genus Homo||"Lecture 14: Tools and the origins of the genus Homo"||3/5/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 13: Apes to Australopithecines||"Lecture 13: Apes to Australopithecines"||3/3/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 12:Great apes: Orangutans, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and Bonobos||"Lecture 12:Great apes: Orangutans, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and Bonobos"||2/26/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 11: Primate locomotion, feeding ecology, and social systems||"Lecture 11: Primate locomotion, feeding ecology, and social systems"||2/24/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 10: Primates: Monkeys and apes||"Lecture 10: Primates: Monkeys and apes"||2/19/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 9: Primates: Evolutionary origins and prosimians||"Lecture 9: Primates: Evolutionary origins and prosimians"||2/17/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 8: Parenting ecology and social organization||"Lecture 8: Parenting ecology and social organization"||2/12/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 7: Sexual selection and kin selection||"Lecture 7: Sexual selection and kin selection"||2/10/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 6: Evolution of sex and death||"Lecture 6: Evolution of sex and death"||2/5/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 5: Evolution from a genes perspective||"Lecture 5: Evolution from a genes perspective"||2/3/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 4||"Lecture 4"||1/29/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 3||"Lecture 3"||1/29/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 2||"Lecture 2"||1/29/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lecture 1||"Lecture 1"||1/29/09||Free||View In iTunes|
Really enjoyed these lectures. Very good teacher.
I don't usually review anything online, but I felt compelled to do so for this course because I enjoyed it so much. This course covers a wide range of material including natural selection theories, mating habits of all sorts of species, how genes get passed on, human evolution, the role of language in our evolution, the evolution of the human brain and how evolution has not prepared us for the world we live in. Professor Deacon shares his expertise in all of these areas and does so in a very eloquent manner. This course is offered audio only - video would have been nice as there are a lot of video examples and slides shown in the class, but you can get all the points without the visuals.
Great, thought provoking lectures, not what I expected
This was the first course I've ever listened to on anthropology. Not knowing the field at all, I expected a course on the history of human cultures; what this is, rather, is a course on the pre-history of human cultures concentrating on natural and social phenomena in the non-human animal world, including but not limited to other primates. It is very science-oriented in places, which was interesting. Now that I've listened to the whole thing I would call it "foundations for the study of anthropology" (but again, I'm not in this field so what do I know--this is just a descriptor for other people like me so that future listeners know what they're getting).
Deacon is a brilliant scholar, and some of these lectures (such as his lecture on gender [I think it's #6 or 7] and on language [#26]) are superb. There is a good deal of 'housekeeping' matters concerning section meetings, exams, etc. at the beginning of some of these lectures, which is to be expected. I learned a ton listening to these lectures while doing dishes and cooking dinner. I can't wait to read his book, Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter.