Evolution, Part 5: Why Sex?

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This is the fifth episode in a seven-part PBS series that provides viewers with an overview of the theory of evolution: how the theory was conceived, how it has broadly influenced science, how it is commonly misunderstood, and how the theory effects everyday life. Written, produced, and directed by Noel Buckner and Robert Whittlesey, this installment of the documentary explains how the sexual means of procreation strengthens species by adding a beneficial diversity to the gene pool. The directors also examine the...
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Overview

This is the fifth episode in a seven-part PBS series that provides viewers with an overview of the theory of evolution: how the theory was conceived, how it has broadly influenced science, how it is commonly misunderstood, and how the theory effects everyday life. Written, produced, and directed by Noel Buckner and Robert Whittlesey, this installment of the documentary explains how the sexual means of procreation strengthens species by adding a beneficial diversity to the gene pool. The directors also examine the variety of sexual behavior in the animal world, as well as the theory that culture itself may be an expression of the sexual drive. Narrated by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, highlights include animation sequences illustrating evolution, interviews with various scientists, and archival footage from a variety of sources, including the BBC Worldwide Americas Inc., Frontline, WGBH, Mantis Wildlife Sunburnt Pictures Australia, Maslowski Wildlife Productions, NASA, and National Geographic Television. Included among the distinguished advisors for the series are Jane Goodall, author Stephen Jay Gould, and scientist William H. Calvin of Washington University. The series was originally televised September 24-27, 2001.
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"Why Sex?," the fifth episode in PBS's Evolution series, explains that 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. The Evolution series is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers by The Caption Center at WGBH Boston.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • UPC: 783421341739
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Voice Only
Technical Credits
Noel Buckner Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Whittlesey Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Richard Hutton Executive Producer
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