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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B8NPL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,027 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1859, Charles Darwin published Origin of Species – and nothing would ever be the same again. Evolution by natural selection is probably the most powerful idea anyone ever had.

In this three-part series for Channel 4, Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary scientist and bestselling author, takes us on a journey of discovery. How does evolution work? How do we know it’s true - and why do some people still deny it? As evolved creatures, do we have to be callous, selfish and immoral? Dawkins echoes Darwin’s emphatic "no".

In the course of his journey, Richard Dawkins visits a New York sperm bank and talks to the women about how they choose the genes of their children. He takes us to Lambeth Palace to visit the Archbishop of Canterbury - and to Kenya to visit that spectacularly well preserved fossil - the Turkana Boy. With its fascinating interviews, stunning photography and authoritative and good-humoured commentary, this series is a must for all who want to understand why we exist.

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2008
This three-part series promised to be great: a review of Darwin's massively important theory which has dominated scientific development since he revealed it 150 years ago. Modern-day scientist Richard Dawkins believes that Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is THE most important idea to have ever been suggested in human history. In the programmes, Dawkins explains who Charles Darwin was, how he developed his theory, what it is, and why it is still of huge importance today. Dawkins explains how Darwin changed forever the way we see ourselves, the world and our place in it.

The programmes are made up of Dawkins giving straightforward presentation to camera, and of his interactions with colleagues and religious leaders. These segments are interspersed with illustrative action footage (of big cats hunting, for instance, to demonstrate the effectiveness of natural selection). Dawkins does a fair bit of globe-trotting to meet people with relevant viewpoints and show interesting examples of evolution in action. The 'scientists at work' segments usually show man-in-white-coat doing something mysterious with pipettes...

I adore popular science and am fascinated with the study of human evolution, so was thrilled by the prospect of this series. However... there is a downside. Richard Dawkins is fighting a personal battle against superstition and religon, and he uses every opportunity to further that cause. Unfortunately this gets in the way of the very information he is trying to pass on and I suspect he is preaching to the converted in any case (would many creationists really sit down to watch a series all about Darwin's theory of evolution?
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vox Populi on 24 Aug. 2008
I've just caught up with this three part series and it is precisely what Dawkins should have been "preaching" all along: a clear-headed approach to Evolution, a theory which, despite its simplicity and blatant obviousness (how could it be any other way?) continues to be misunderstood (or, as is more often the case, swept under the carpet). The series addresses not only the theory but also the religious attempts to subvert the teaching of what is the only reasonable approach to explaining the development of species, a subversion as strong in evangelical America as it is in fundamentalist Islamic states such as Iran. Before criticising this series, stop and think: are you offended by what he says, or because all the evidence is against what you have been led to believe?
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I bought this DVD to watch not realizing that I had already seen it some time ago on T.V. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and would watch it again. Beautifully made and very informative going from the beginning of his life setting out on the ship HMS Bugle towards the end and every thing in between. If you are interested in Darwinism you'll enjoy this DVD
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