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5.0 out of 5 stars An over-aching view of how Darwin's ideas have been used and abused., 7 Sep 2009
This review is from: Darwin's Dangerous Idea [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very well done and thought provoking series which adds to and complements David Attenborough's one off Tree of Life programme. That was concerned solely with Natural History and how Darwin's theory tied all living things together. This series explores the effects that idea has had on society and its exploitation for political ends vastly different and indeed contrary to what Darwin intended. There was no scientific basis or justification for these abuses, but Darwin was used to underpin prejudices and ill-advised policies. The refutation of these abuses and the use of his ideas to support entirely different principles was also well explained.
It also shows how his ideas are important as we seek to prevent biodiversity loss and mitigate climate change.
The series certainly shows that his theory is as relavant to current events as to the past and all in all is an excellent account of an aspect that could have been missed on this anniversary.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2010 09:35:50 GMT
A. B. Lyall says:
The tile should say "over-arching"? The review correctly makes the point that Marr' film concentrates on the impact of Darwin's theory (we should say Darwin/Wallace) on society and also environmental policy etc, I.e. Its social and political effects, in broad terms.

Posted on 22 Apr 2011 17:21:52 BDT
T. D. Welsh says:
But why have the makers of this DVD chosen to use exactly the same title as that of Daniel Dennett's excellent book - which was published 13 years earlier? I cannot bring myself to believe they did not know about it. Which means that they deliberately copied it. Although presumably legal, that's not very fair - either to Dennett or to potential buyers who may very well be confused.
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