Daniel Barker

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I Origins: rationality, eyeballs, and biometric ID w/ Daniel Barker

Featuring guest co-host
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Eyeball anatomy

All the important parts, wherever they are! Who really cares anyway we’re only here for two in particular: the iris and the retina. The retinal blind spot.

Creationism

And intelligent design. Are wrong. Reaching conclusions and working backwards for fun and profit. Young Earth creationism. Dan’s religious upbringing. Irreducible complexity. Faulty reasoning.

The evolution of the modern vertebrate eyeball

Fish and their goofy eyeball arrangements. The crazy Charlie eyeball progress chart. Light sensitive flat patches, pits, enclosures, open pinhole eyeballs, lenses, and flexing your sphincters. Dan’s episode on Three-D Vision.

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Comparative eyeball studies

Human eyes are pretty sweet! But there other ones that do other things (at their own local summits on Mount Improbable) and are also really good at stuff! Goats, sharks, snakes (sorta), bees. Removing your lenses for fun and profit. Monet’s lens removal and ultraviolet perception.

Eyeball shortcomings

Common “colorblindness” is a misnomer, but “color discernment syndrome” doesn’t flow as well. Retinal wiring and the “blind spot.” Saccades. “Chronostasis” or “the stopped clock illusion” and the tight coupling of our eyes and our brains.

Bio-identification

Selecting scanning sites for statistical uniqueness and natural resistance to hacking. The insufficiency of fingerprints. Iris scans. Retinal scans. Bio-identification security. Ease of use.

Rationality

Rationalism/spiritualism/etc. The rational scientific worldview and self-correction. The absolution of new knowledge.

Links

Richard Dawkins demonstrates the evolution of the eye: YouTube
Uncertainty Principle the Podcast Daniel James Barker: The Show | The Marty McFly episode

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Nothing but GIFs, all day – Q&A #2 – Episode 124

Q&A #2

What: Our second Q&A episode, wherein we ask our friends to help us answer the the MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS FROM THE INTERNET!
Featuring our friends: Adrian Falcone, Daniel James Barker, Fraser Cain, James Peterson, Nick Farmer

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When Worlds Collide (feat. Daniel Barker, Science Communicator) : Episode 118

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When Worlds Collide

What: Worlds, they collide. And we have to get off. In this case, a sun is hitting us. ūüė•
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Starring: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen

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Doom (the game) (w/ Daniel Barker) : Episode 97

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Doom (video game) [2016]

What: Go to hell and kick some ass. Something something portals and guns or whatever.
Published by: Bethesda
Created by: id Software

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Armageddon (feat. Daniel Barker, Science Communicator) : Episode 83

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Armageddon

What:¬†💥💥💥¬†Blue collar everymen drilling a HUGE asteroid and then space explosions¬†💥💥💥
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Bruce Willis, Michael Clarke Duncan, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck

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The Fountain (feat. Daniel Barker, Science Communicator) : Episode 49

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The Fountain

What: We loved The Fountain! Go watch it! A really pretty film with a love story spanning vast space and time.
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weiss, Ellen Burstyn

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