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THE GENIUS OF CHARLES DARWIN
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"Dynamic look at the life, work, and legacy of Charles Darwin" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)
Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species changed everything--science, religion, and even humanity’s image of itself. Join Professor Richard Dawkins as he explains exactly how Darwin developed his revolutionary theory of evolution and why it’s still relevant today.
How do species evolve? What does "natural selection" mean in biology, politics, sociology, and philosophy? With passionate certainty, Dawkins provides answers, positing evolution as a matter of fact, not faith. In addition to interviewing scientific experts such as geneticist Craig Venter and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, Dawkins speaks with Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and other religious leaders about the existence of a Creator. Provocative, informative, and irresistibly watchable, this award-winning documentary offers lively new insights on an idea that still meets stubborn resistance.
Evolutionary biologist and fellow of the Royal Society, Richard Dawkins has served as professor of public understanding of science at Oxford University. He has written dozens of scholarly and popular works, including the controversial best seller The God Delusion.
Winner, Best Documentary Series (British Broadcast Awards, 2009)
- Three Tales from the Galápagos Islands bonus specials (26 min.)
- 16-page viewer’s guide includes highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, Evolution’s Biggest Losers, Milestones in the Evolution-Creationism Controversy, Evolution’s Dark Side, and more.
- The Evolution of an Idea, contributors to Darwin’s theory
- Biography of Charles Darwin
- SDH subtitles
Top Customer Reviews
Dawkins is an atheist, which I believe is the correct position, but an atheist is in a difficult situation. It is often argued that atheists believe in nothing. I believe a good balance to this position is to argue with Joseph Campbell the value of religion as myth, not as revealed truth as the Intelligent Design people do. This is an improper use of religion. A study of comparative religions shows that they all have similar myths which give spiritual support to their believers. I don't feel this sense of awe in church, but I do feel it when I'm hiking in the mountains.
I'm sending a copy of Campbell's Mythos I DVD to my grandchildren along with this one. It shouldn't be Science Vs. Spirituality. We need both.
Here's hoping that Athena will pick up other Dawkins series, such as "The Root Of All Evil," and "The Enemies Of Reason," although I suspect that they'd be considered too controversial. Still, they are widely available elsewhere.
"This series is about perhaps the most powerful idea ever to occur to the human mind. The idea is evolution by natural selection and the genius who thought of it was Charles Darwin [1809 to 1882]. I'm a biologist and Darwin has been an inspiration to me throughout my whole career.
His masterpiece, "On the Origin of Species" was published 150 years ago [in 1859] and it changed forever our view of the world and our place in it. What Darwin achieved was nothing less than a complete explanation of the complexity and diversity of all life. And yet it's one of the simplest ideas that anyone ever had.
In this series, I'm going to set out Darwin's big idea, I'll explain how the human species has struggled with the story of its own origins, and take you into the storm that is today's backlash against Darwin."
The above is what the narrator, Richard Dawkins, says in the introduction to this three-episode series. Dawkins is an ethologist, evolutionary biologist, popular science author, and formerly professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.
It is important to remember that this is a science presentation. It is NOT a documentary that presents the science VS religion debate.
This is a good primer on the man and the big idea that changed the way we think of the natural world and ourselves. The program goes further by looking at the implications of Darwin's work in the contemporary world.
It also addresses the continuing controversy surrounding Darwin's ideas and while it may seem to be a one-sided presentation, it's grounded in science rather than politics. (For me, after I saw this documentary, I wanted to read Darwin's 1859 masterpiece again!Read more ›
The interviews in Part II were exasperating: Prof. Dennett merely waxed poetic about Darwin with nary a doubt from RD; whereas the two doubters Wright and Mackay were from another time zone altogether; however, the interview with the physician, R. Neese, was enjoyable and informative.
His attacks are not fatal as he would wish but he presents believers in the worse light simply because he finds them so unbelievable!. He attacks and scorns liberal, more intellectual believers equally with conservative believers. Dr. Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury, is probably eager to embrace and integrate evolutionary awareness into a larger faith picture. But that would be intolerable to Dawkins.
Dawkins not only chooses unbelief for himself, he wants to force unbelief on EVERYONE. I am not exaggerating. Christianity is not acceptable and must fall. The Bible in the face of science cannot be believed ---as Dawkins sees it. It's time for liberals to choose science or religion, and to join him in mocking common religious folk out of the public sphere.
The truth of such a grand idea will not win out on it's own. This is really the message underlying the "The Genius of Charles Darwin." Right is right and wrong is wrong. The grand fact of evolution has not been grand enough to kill off faith in God and so Dawkins is pouring his life into forcing the dreadful (yet exciting) reality of it on us all. You have to give him credit and appreciate all his commitment and effort: it is not easy for most of us to see what he sees. He's kind of a driven prophet of unbelief crying out in the streets here.Read more ›
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My background is chemical eng. I like reading the cradle of civilisation, astronomy, physics, archaeology, palaeontology, biology, anthropology, electronics. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Jonatan Sutrisna
Dr. Dawkings is too intent on fighting Christianity, even those that believe in evolution. So he devotes more time to a debate of his own making, detracting from the presentation... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Emilio Pantojas
Always wondered about his life and now i know little more.
Anything Dawkins does is thought provoking and interesting. Read more
Students found it informative and engaging. I also brought it home to show my own daughteers who are in elementary and middle school.Published on January 6, 2013 by Aaron
Don't despair about those school children not jumping on board of the Evolution process. I was one of those children in my younger days where everything is nice, sugar and spice... Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Glen R. Bleak
This is a very good show. I recommend everyone watch this. I only wish there was a 6th star to rate this, because it deserves it.Published on July 6, 2011 by steve