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The Human Spark [DVD]
Three and a half bi...
show morellion years of evolution has produced uncountable billions of living species, but only one humans can think in symbols; recombine those symbols into infinite meanings; invent a technology to disseminate the message; worry how others might react to it; ponder the past; speculate about the future; and imagine the unknown. The Human Spark, a three-part series hosted by actor, author and science buff Alan Alda, brings Alda's trademark humour and curiosity to an exploration of the latest scientific research into what differentiates us from all other species. Episode 1 confronts the puzzle of why the first humans to arrive in Europe from Africa the Neanderthals never generated the human spark, sticking to a way of life that changed little for thousands of generations. Episode 2 studies our fellow simians mainly chimpanzees, our closest living relatives to discover both what we share with them and what new skills humans evolved since we went our separate ways. In Episode 3 viewers literally peer into Aldas head with a variety of high-tech imaging techniques, looking for his own human spark. From the caves of southern France to the plains of Kenya, this series crosses many different scientific disciplines including archaeology, primatology, neuroscience, behavioural psychology and even philosophy, taking viewers on a scientific journey that is both interesting and exciting.show less