Neil Shubin

  • Aired:  01/09/13
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The biological scientist shares his book, "The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People." (5:19)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MY GUEST TONIGHT SAYS THE UNIVERSE'S 14-BILLION YEAR HISTORY CAN BE SEEN IN HUMAN BODIES.

ESPECIALLY BEFORE I PUT MY MAKEUP ON.

PLEASE WELCOME NEAL SHUBIN!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BANCH GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> LET'S GIVE THE PEOPLE YOUR QUITE IMPRESSIVE TV -- YOU ARE THE ASSOCIATED DEAN OF

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE IT'S UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YOU ARE KNOWN FOR YOUR 2004 DISCOVERY OF SO-CALLED MISSING LINK BETWEEN FISH AND LAND

ANIMALS, THE FOSSIL.

WHICH WE'VE HAD ON THE SHOW.

HE'S A GREAT GUY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OKAY.

YOUR NEW BOOK IS CALLED "THE UNIVERSE WITHIN: DISCOVERING THE COMMON HISTORY OF ROCKS,

PLAN THES AND PEOPLE." WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

>>

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHAT COMMON.

I'M NOT RELATED TO A PLANT, OKAY?

I'M IN THE RELATED TO --

>> YOU ABSOLUTELY ARE.

>> Stephen: I AM NOT, OKAY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I HAVE QUESTIONABLE UNCLES BUT -- NOT A FICUS.

WHY AM I RELATED TO A PLANT?

>> THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE IS BAITSD ON THE SHARED SIMILARITIES CREATURES HAVE.

WE SEE THAT IN THE DNA OF EVERY CREATURE ON THE PLANET FROM MICROROBES TO WORMS TO TREES TO

PLANTS TO SHE RUBS TO POISON IVY TO PEOPLE.

THERE'S A SHARED HISTORY.

>> Stephen: IS THAT BECAUSE WE ALL INTERBRED ON THE ARCH?

>> IT'S BEEN ABOUT 3.5 BILLION YEARS OF PROCEED WITHING.

>> Stephen: ABOUT 6,000 YEARS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I DON'T MEAN TO BLOW HOLE UNTIL YOUR THEORY THERE.

THE EVIDENCE MIGHT SAY OTHERWISE.

>> Stephen: THE MIGHT OR IT MIGHT NOT.

HOW AM I RELATED TO A ROCK.

A ROCK WAS NEVER ALIVE.

>> IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORY.

WE HAVE A SHARED HISTORY WITH ROCKS.

IF YOU LOOK AT ROCKS AND PEOPLE, THE ATOMS IN THE BODIES AROSE IN THE BING BANG AND THE STELLAR

PROCESSES THE SUPERNOAF.

THE WATER AROSE FROM THE SOLAR SYSTEM THE BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES WHICH SHAPED THE ORGANS WERE

RELATED TO THE PLANETS.

IT'S LAYER AFTER LAYER OF HISTORY.

THE EVIDENCE IS THE LAYERS OF ROCKS, THE CHEMISTRY OF THE BODIES FROM THE DNA INSIDE IT TO

THE AND TOM CALL STRUCTURES TO THE FOSSILS WE FIND IN THE ROCKS AROUND THE WORLD.

IT'S MULTIPLE LINES OF EVIDENCE POINTING TO OVER 3.5 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE BODY.

>> Stephen: WHY MUST YOU MAKE ME FEEL SMALL?

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHY ARE YOU SCIENTISTS HELL BENT ON CRUSHING THE INDIVIDUALALITY OF A MAN, OF THE FEELING THAT

THERE'S A DEVINE SPARK OF UNIQUENESS INSIDE OF ME?

IT'S NOT A BETTER FEELING.

>> Stephen: NO, NO, NO IT'S NOT ABOUT OUR FEELING IT'S ABOUT MY FEELING.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

OKAY?

WHAT IS THE VALUE?

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF KNOWING THAT I AM RELATED TO -- YOU SAY I'M RELATED TO JUPITER, YOU SAY.

>> YOU MOST DEFINITELY ARE.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE, TOO.

>> JUPITER IS OUR PLANET TEARY COUSIN.

IT'S THE LARGEST IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

IT ORBIT CHANGES EVER SO OFTEN.

EVERY 10,000, 20,000, 40,000, 100,000 YEARS.

THESE ARE CYCLES AND ON CYCLES.

THEY LEAD TO CHANGES IN THE GLACIERS STNCHES NOT GLOBAL WARMING.

>> IT'S JUPITER IMPACT ITS THE.

THE HUMAN HISTORY AND EVOLUTION IS BASED ON THAT IT'S A PRE FOUND DEEP CONNECTION WE SHARE,

US AS HUMANS NOT ONLY TO PLANTS NOT ONLY TO MIEB ROBES TO ROCKS, THE -- MICROBES, EVERYTHING, THE

WHOLE UNIVERSE.

>> Stephen: EVERYTHING WAS GENERATED IN THE TURNAS OF PRIMORDIAL STARS.

>> YES, EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: DID YOU JUST MOCK THE WAY I SAID.

THAT YOU WERE LIKE YEAH, WHATEVER.

DID YOU SAY WHATEVER TO ME WHEN I'M TRYING TO SWALLOW THE BITTER PILL OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE?

[ LAUGHTER ]

ARE WE STILL EVOLVING?

>> MOST DEFINITELY.

>> Stephen: THEN HOW COME I DON'T HAVE CLAWS?

I WANT SOME.

>> YOU NEED VARIATION NOORS TRAIT STOONCHTS THE FACT THAT I'M REIT WILLED TO ROCKS AND

PEOPLE DOES THAT MEAN I'M NOT RELATED TO MONKEYS?

>> NO, NO IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT BEING RELATED TO MONKEYS IT'S THE ROCKS, PLANETS AND

WORMS THAT ARE THE REAL PROBLEMS THERE.

>> Stephen: YOU ALREADY SAID I'M REIT WILLED TO A FISH, RIGHT?

>> YEAH, THE CHALLENGE I'M TAKING IT TO ROCKS AND PLANETS AND STELLAR PROCESSES AND THE

BANG BANG AND SO FORTH.

IT'S THE UNITY OF ALL PHYSICAL ENTITIES IN THE UNIVERSE.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU GET ME $5 WORTH OF WHATEVER IT IS --

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YOU DON'T EAT A LOT OF WHEAT, DO YOU?

[ LAUGHTER ]

DOCTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME NEIL SHUBIN, "THE UNIVERSE WITHIN." WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND A

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