Jun
23
2008

Dr. Tatiana explains sex to everybody

Dr. Tatiana (Dr. Olivia Judson) sizes up the situation: The males in the audience may not have been amused.
Dr. Tatiana (Dr. Olivia Judson) sizes up the situation: The males in the audience may not have been amused.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Yesterday, I attended a public lecture at the Evolution 2008 conference at the University of Minnesota given by Dr. Olivia Judson, an evolutionary biologist who also brings the evolutionary biology of sex to the masses via her clever book and television show "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation". The book has been translated into over 15 languages, and the three episodes of her humorous television show completed so far (with Dr. Judson starring as her alter-ego Dr. Tatiana) have played on the Discovery Channel in Canada, Britian, Australia, and also in France to high acclaim. Evidently, the show is considered too saucy for US broadcast. (Why are we considered an "open" society?)

Dr. Olivia Judson shares a video clip: "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation".
Dr. Olivia Judson shares a video clip: "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation".Courtesy Mark Ryan
But really this is an excellent way of teaching the sexual aspects of evolution to the general population. I haven't read her book yet, but from what I heard at the lecture and saw in the accompanying video clip (which included those mainstays of courtship, song and dance), Dr. Tatiana keeps things on a very comprehensible level, shying away from scientific terms, and explaining things clearly and as humorously (and frankly) as possible.

Judge for yourself. After the lecture I went to YouTube and discovered a number of clips have been posted there for viewing (not by young children but if you're an American adult, you should be okay):

Dr. Tatiana clip 1
Dr. Tatiana clip 2
Dr. Tatiana clip 3 (BBC report)

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Thor says:

Gee.....I might need to smoke a cigarette after having watched these video clips.

posted on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 2:44pm

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