Wednesday, January 11, 2012

PBS Evolution - Why Sex ?

In evolutionary terms, sex is more important than life itself. Sex fuels evolutionary change by adding variation to the gene pool. The powerful urge to pass our genes on to the next generation has likely changed the face of human culture in ways we're only beginning to understand. Evolution determines who lives, who dies, and who passes traits on to the next generation. The process plays a critical role in our daily lives, yet it is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts ever described. The Evolution series goals are to heighten public understanding of evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings about the process, and to illuminate why it is relevant to all of us.

The Evolution project's eight-hour television miniseries travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the tree of life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding life on Earth.

PBS Broadcast (2001)

PBS Serie: Evolution. From 2001
Episode 1 - Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Episode 2 - Great Transformations
Episode 3 - Extinction
Episode 4 - Evolutionary Arms Race
Episode 5 - Why Sex?
Episode 6 - The Minds Big Bang
Episode 7 - What about God

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