Dr Dolittle turns 100 and the complex behaviour of birds

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The good doctor, taught by Polynesia the parrot to speak 2,000 animal languages, turned 100 this year. He had a profound influence on some leading them to choosing science as a career. Richard Dawkins of Oxford was one – and he explains how it happened. Dolittle may have been based loosely on Charles Darwin, both of whom shared a horror of slavery and a naïve view of ‘race’ in humans. Linda Burney MP, and Professor of Indigenous studies, Lynette Russell comment. 

Richard DawkinsLinda Burney MP and Lynette Russell

Robyn Williams

Duration: 25min 40sec

Broadcast: Sat 8 Aug 2020, 12:03pm

Period8 Aug 2020

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