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The Chemistry of Life
Life Cycles
One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Clash of the Gods: Zeus
Chemistry: Discovering the Elements
Art Rock
Great Cathedral Mystery
Petra: Lost City of Stone
How the Universe Built Your Car
The Search for a Second Earth
Art of Eternity: Painting Paradise
Caligula
The End of God
In the Shadow of Hitler
Oceans of the Solar System
The Wehrmacht The Blitzkrieg
Courtship
Hermitage Revealed
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Genesis. Where Are We Coming From
Hagia Sophia: Istanbuls Ancient Mystery
Is Anybody Out There
Listen to Me Marlon
Tales by Light Wild
Falling
Meditation Can It Change You
R.E.M. by MTV
Why We Ride
Race For Rockets
Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life
Strange Signals from Outer Space
The Story of India: Ages of Gold
Tales by Light Submerged
Fascination Coral Reef
Maidentrip
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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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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