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The series presents evolution from the perspective of science journalism, bringing to life Darwin’s simple theory that forms the bedrock of all biology. Evolution remains essential to understanding the nature of life on the planet, especially in an age when environmental, agricultural and health issues dominate world headlines. 101 "Darwin’s Dangerous Idea" Why does Charles Darwin’s "dangerous idea" matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin’s life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution. 102 "Great Transformations" What underlies the incredible diversity of life on Earth? How have complex life forms evolved? The journey from water to land, the return of land mammals to the sea and the emergence of humans all suggest that creatures past and present are members of a single tree of life. 103 "Extinction!" Five mass extinctions have occurred over the life of the planet. Are humans causing the next mass extinction? And what does evolutionary theory predict for the world we will leave to our descendants? 104 "The Evolutionary Arms Race" "Survival of the fittest"— raw competition or intense cooperation? Both are essential. Interactions between species are among the most powerful evolutionary forces on Earth, and understanding them may be a key to our own survival. 105 "Why Sex?" In evolutionary terms, sex is more important than life itself. Sex fuels evolutionary change by adding variation to the gene pool. The urge to pass on genes has shaped our own lives — perhaps much of human culture is a result of our sexual drives. 106 The Mind’s Big Bang" Fifty thousand years ago, something happened — the modern human mind emerged, triggering a creative, technological and social explosion. What forces contributed to that breakthrough? Where might our power of mind ultimately lead? 107 "What About God?" Of all species, humans alone attempt to explain who we are and how we came to be. This final episode explores the struggle between science and religion. Through the personal stories of students and teachers, it offers the view that they are compatible.

Series release date: 9/2001

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Hutton, Richard (Series Producer)
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