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The Genius of Charles Darwin
The Genius of Charles Darwin
Genres: Documentary
NR     2009     2hr 19min

"Dynamic look at the life, work, and legacy of Charles Darwin" --The Sunday Times (U.K.) Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin?s On the Origin of Species changed everything--science, religion, and even humanity?s image o...  more »

     
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Creator: Richard Dawkins
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Athena
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 11/03/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 19min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Dawkins Makes His Case
Zarathustra | Sacramento, CA USA | 11/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent BBC documentary by one of our best scholars on evolution. Richard Dawkins gives an excellent defense of Darwin and evolution. His interview with Wendy Wright shows the shallowness of the Intelligent Design proponents, who want to throw the best supported theory in science into the trash can because it conflicts with the views of ignorant prophets who wandered around in the desert thousands of years ago.
Dawkins is an atheist, which I believe is the correct position, but an atheist is in a difficult situation. It is often argued that atheists believe in nothing. I believe a good balance to this position is to argue with Joseph Campbell the value of religion as myth, not as revealed truth as the Intelligent Design people do. This is an improper use of religion. A study of comparative religions shows that they all have similar myths which give spiritual support to their believers. I don't feel this sense of awe in church, but I do feel it when I'm hiking in the mountains.
I'm sending a copy of Campbell's Mythos I DVD to my grandchildren along with this one. It shouldn't be Science Vs. Spirituality. We need both."
Don't know about Athena/Acorn's version......
jrc | Jonesboro, AR USA | 10/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased this title from Richard Dawkins' website some time ago and have enjoyed watching it many times. The Athena programs are great educational experiences, and some are dated. This particular series aired in 2008, and is an excellent addition to the Athena catalogue. The extensive supplements may not quite equal those seen on RDF's separately available unedited interviews 3-disc set, but I am sure will feature the best material.

Here's hoping that Athena will pick up other Dawkins series, such as "The Root Of All Evil," and "The Enemies Of Reason," although I suspect that they'd be considered too controversial. Still, they are widely available elsewhere."
For thinking people only
chess nut | nyc | 12/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best, gotta love R. Dawkins.If this makes you say " a-ha!" then check out The Greatest Show on Earth by R.D., a super read."
Good documentary on Darwin
CoffeeRunner | Dallas, TX | 03/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This one is good for having a balance on both the science and social/religious impact
of evolution. It is a bit light on the science but this is expected since Mr. Dawkins
is also focusing on how evolution affects our society, vis-a-vis politics. Still there is good science presented and a lot of neat evidence for evolution. If you really want more details on evidence for evolution I would stongly recommend his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth'. Even better, if you commute often, try the audio CD in which he is co-narrator.
I am devouring the book after listening to the CD. Amazing stuff!"