Over at 3quarksdaily, there's a series of videos of an interview with Richard Dawkins who discusses his hero, Charles Darwin. In the first video, Dawkins discusses Darwin's early life, going from a failed medical student to theology student to a passenger on the HMS Beagle who eventually came up with the idea of natural selection, and in later videos, Dawkins discusses the current scientific understanding of evolution and more.

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