Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Edge of Forever
The Backbone of Night
Blues for a Red Planet
The Rivers
Travellers Tales
Operation Condor
Is Gun Crime a Virus
Earth: Venus Evil Twin
Bush and Obama: Age of Terror
Hiroshima 2 of 2
Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon
Wildest Weather in the Cosmos
When Knowledge Conquered Fear
A Sky Full of Ghosts
Neptune and Uranus
The Punk Syndrome
Inequality for All
Quimica: The Order of the Elements
Kingdom of the Desert
The Nightmare
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Mars: the New Evidence
Unafraid of the Dark
How to Make Money Selling Drugs
Journey from the Center of the Sun
How to Collapse a Superpower
How Do I Decide
Race for Absolute Zero
Secret Forests
Hidden Worlds 3D Caves of the Dead
Out of Sight
The True Cost
Raging Teens

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The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Fifth Ape
The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Fifth Ape 2008

Richard Dawkins deals with some of the philosophical and social ramifications of the theory of evolution. Dawkins starts out in Kenya, speaking with palaeontologist Richard Leakey. He then visits Christ is the Answer Ministries, Kenya's largest Pentecostal church, to interview Bishop Bonifes Adoyo. Adoyo has led the movement to press Kenya's national museum to sideline its collection of hominid bones pointing to man's evolution from ape to human.[5] The collection includes the Turkana Boy discovered by Kamoya Kimeu, a member of a team led by Richard Leakey in 1984. Dawkins discusses social darwinism and eugenics, explaining how these are not versions of natural selection, and that 'Darwin has been wrongly tainted'. He then meets with evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker to discuss how morals can be compatible with natural selection. He goes on to explaining sexual selection, with peafowls as an example. To find out whether sexual selection plays a role for altruism and kindness among humans, he visits women who are looking for sperm donors, as well as a sperm bank manager. Dawkins also explains kin selection and selfish genes.

Category:Culture  Duration:48:28   

Birth of Humanity
Birth of Humanity 2010

We will nvestigate the first skeleton that really looks like us –Turkana Boy– an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early humans are thought to have developed key innovations that helped them thrive, including hunting large prey, the use of fire, and extensive social bonds. The program examines an intriguing theory that long-distance running –our ability to jog– was crucial for the survival of these early hominids. Not only did running help them escape from vicious predators roaming the grasslands, but it also gave them a unique hunting strategy: chasing down prey animals such as deer and antelope to the point of exhaustion. Birth of Humanity also probes how, why, and when humans' uniquely long period of childhood and parenting began.

Category:History  Duration:53:02   Series: Becoming Human

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