Are we “good” creatures?

8232Is the capacity for ethics—the proclivity to judge human actions as either right or wrong—determined by the biological nature of human beings? And, are the systems or codes of ethical norms accepted by human beings biologically determined?

In this fascinating and thought-provoking presentation, Templeton prize recipient and eminent evolutionary biologist and philosopher Francisco J. Ayala proposes that the moral evaluation of actions emerges from human rationality and thus it is a necessary implication of our biological make-up. But the norms according to which we decide which actions are good and which actions are evil are largely culturally determined, although conditioned by biological predispositions, such as parental care.

Watch CARTA: Francisco Ayala: Evolution of Ethical Behavior and Moral Values: Biology? Culture?.

If you enjoyed this program, browse more evolution programs in the extensive CARTA archives.

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Movement Disorders: New Series on The Brain Channel

8232UC San Diego physicians and researchers are hard at work uncovering the symptoms, secrets, and progression of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. William Mobley, MD, PhD sits down with those on the front lines to find out what we currently know, where research is trending, and what potential therapies are on the horizon in The Brain Channel’s newest series, Movement Disorders.

In Parkinson’s Disease: New Developments and Therapies, Irene Litvan, MD joins Mobley to discuss the latest advances in PD research. Learn about the progression of the disease, early warning signs, and promising new therapies currently in development for the approximately 1 million Americans currently living with the disease.

In Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Dr. Litvan talks about the signs and symptoms of PSP, disease progression, genetic issues, as well as potential treatments. PSP is a condition that affects the brain with symptoms that worsen over time.

Don’t miss these and other programs on The Brain Channel.

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Sleep Apnea on Health Matters

8232Do you wake up in the morning tired and unrested? If so, sleep apnea may be to blame.

Though conventionally thought of as a condition that only affects older, overweight men, sleep apnea can affect anyone of any age, weight, or gender. Insufficient sleep due to sleep apnea can affect not just your day to day life but also your long-term health.

Dr. Robert Owens joins our host Dr. David Granet to discuss how much sleep we really need, how sleep apnea affects the body, as well as new techniques for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Go inside the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center and see how sleep tests are conducted and get the lowdown on the latest medical devices to help you get a good night’s rest.

Watch Sleep Apnea on Health Matters.

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Mexico Moving Forward

8232You know what is so compelling about this series? The speakers!

Each year, leaders in Mexican industry, education and government convene for insightful, candid discussions about what Mexico is doing right and where it is falling short of its potential. These high-level talks give attendees (and viewers) a better, more nuanced understanding of this great country as it attempts to seize and sustain economic and social growth.

Check out Mexico Moving Forward 2015: Recapturing The Mexico Moment.

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Women in Biotech

8232Tina Nova is the kind of person that makes you want to get up and shout, “Hey World, look out!”

As she recalls her journey from a small town in California’s Central Valley to launching multi-million dollar companies in San Diego, she inspires some 300 high school girls gathered at the Salk Institute for a pep talk on pursuing careers in biotech.

And it’s not just her!

Janelle Ayres of Salk and three other smart and successful women follow with stories of their own paths to satisfying lives based on their love for science.

Check out Women in Biotech, presented by the STEAM Leadership Series on The STEAM Channel.

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