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Evolution, Part 1: Darwin's Dangerous Idea
     

Evolution, Part 1: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Director: David Espar, Susan K. Lewis, Alastair Reid

Cast: Liam Neeson

 
This is the first 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 affects everyday life. Written and directed by David Espar and Susan K. Lewis, this segment of the documentary introduces the

Overview

This is the first 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 affects everyday life. Written and directed by David Espar and Susan K. Lewis, this segment of the documentary introduces the key tenets of the theory, discusses current evolutionary scientific research, and includes biographical docudrama sequences produced by Linda Garmon and written by Allan Cubitt. Highlights include animation sequences illustrating evolution and interviews with various experts, including Kenneth Miller, who is both a Darwinian scientist and a Catholic. He authored the book Finding Darwin's God. Narrated by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, this program stars Christopher Larkin as Charles Darwin. Also utilized throughout this episode is archival footage from a variety of sources, including Atmosphere Pictures, BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc., National Geographic Film Library, and Royal Geographic Society London. Included among the distinguished advisors for the series are Jane Goodall, Stephen Jay Gould, and William H. Calvin, of Washington University. The series was originally televised September 24-27, 2001.

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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? "Darwin's Dangerous Idea," the first installment of PBS's Evolution series, introduces key concepts of evolution by interweaving the drama of Darwin's life with current documentary sequences. The Evolution series is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers by The Caption Center at WGBH Boston.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
UPC:
0783421431393
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the Evolution web site featuring: interactive games, activities, and biographies; Comprehensive evolution library, with video and audio segments, interviews, images, source documents, web links, and additonal resources; Printable teacher's guide; Evolution glossary and FAQs

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea
1. Prologue [5:11]
2. Common Ancestry [14:47]
3. Ecuador and the Tree of Life [12:55]
4. Natural Selection [9:04]
5. Mutation and HIV [12:59]
6. Complexity [6:35]
7. How the Eye Evolved [10:48]
8. God [11:31]
9. A Scientist Discusses Religion [4:53]
10. The Human Question [14:31]
11. Humans and the Tree of Life [8:38]
12. Epilogue [4:34]

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