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Videos explaining the origin of life and evolution for very young kids.

I am struggling with explaining the origin of life, evolution and natural selection in a tangible way to my kids 4 & 5. Informing myself better has helped in the explaining, but I hope you can direct me towards videos aimed at young children which do a better job. Those I have found online are great for adults and slightly older kids, but level of detail is off-putting for them e.g. From the big bang to me, great video, but slightly too advanced.
posted by therubettes on Apr 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Best beginner-level books about a) the universe and b) evolution?

My mother was asking me a bunch of questions about life and the universe the other day - how life got started, how organic molecules first developed, how the universe got started, how big the universe is, how stars form, where elements come from, how many solar systems there are, how planets form, etc. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

"Life exists to modify carbon"?

I read an article several years ago in which the following argument was made: "life" exists to modify carbon. The assertion was that "life" arose as the most efficient method for creating certain forms of carbon utilizing all available resources, including sunlight, etc. Does anyone know of the article or of the broader theory?
posted by jefficator on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

What are the odds? Is intelligent design more plausible than chance?

I'm a cataloging librarian who works a couple hours a week on the reference desk. This morning I had a patron come in to ask me for sources that back up the claim that the probability that life on earth formed by random chance is so small that some kind of divine intervention is more likely. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 14, 2013 - 33 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Who wrote this passage about sea water and cytoplasm

Please help me find a (pre 2005) science book about the evolution of life. In one small section it covered the chemical composition of sea water and its similarity to the cytoplasm of mammalian cells. [more inside]
posted by Science! on Jul 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Why only one abiogenesis?

Why is it assumed that all forms of life evolved from a single common ancestor, instead of any number of different instances of abiogenesis?
posted by shakespeherian on Apr 8, 2010 - 25 answers

How to go about making an on-line artifical life game

I've been reading about evolutionary computing and artificial life and suchlike. As an exercise, I would like to make a multi-player online game where players can design creatures, which would then compete for survival. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on May 4, 2006 - 18 answers

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