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Interest in the brain generates many questionable theories


Looking at the world in a different way
Francis Crick Scientist
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You have to simply look at the world in a different sort of way. That’s what I think is meant by being… being born again when you look at a… a subject. And it’s in the way I’ve just described. You have to realise it’s the end product of… of natural… of… of an evolutionary process largely driven by natural selection, and this will produce which one might say molecular gadgetry of a quite different description to the things that you get in stars or in… in geology or any of the other branches of applied physics and chemistry.

The late Francis Crick, one of Britain's most famous scientists, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is best known for his discovery, jointly with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, of the double helix structure of DNA, though he also made important contributions in understanding the genetic code and was exploring the basis of consciousness in the years leading up to his death in 2004.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: evolution, re-born, natural selection

Duration: 34 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 24 January 2008