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The Genius of Charles Darwin 1: Life, Darwin & Everything

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Richard Dawkins presents the ultimate three-part guide to Charles Darwin and his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species. Dawkins explains who Charles Darwin was, how he developed his theory, what it is, and why it matters. He reveals how Darwin changed forever the way we see ourselves, the world and our place in it, and hopes to convince us that 'evolution is a fact, backed by undeniable evidence'.

The Genius of Charles Darwin Part 1: Life, Darwin & Everything

In the first part of this series, Richard Dawkins retraces Darwin's journey as a scientist, from the UK via Africa, to America. He re-examines the rich evidence of the natural world which opened Darwin's eyes to the extraordinary truth that all living things must be related and had evolved from a common ancestor. Darwin knew his espousal of evolution would cause outrage, challenging, as it did, the prevailing religious view of the world and our place in it. As Dawkins explains, it was really his theory of natural selection that undermined the notion of a benevolent God who designed all creatures great and small. Back in Britain, Dawkins tries to convince a year 11 science class that evolution is the truth but confesses that 'a few hours in the science lab is no substitute for a lifetime of religious indoctrination'.

The Genius of Charles Darwin is a three-part television documentary, written and presented by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

It was first shown in August 2008 on Channel 4. It won Best TV Documentary Series 2008 at the British Broadcast Awards in January 2009.
Richard Dawkins presents the ultimate three-part guide to Charles Darwin and his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species. Dawkins explains who Charles Darwin was, how he developed his theory, what it is, and why it matters. He reveals how Darwin cha...
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