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The human spark

Author: Alan AldaGraham CheddLarry EngelChedd-Angier-Lewis Productions.WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)All authors
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : PBS Distribution, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alan Alda takes a look at how humans first appeared on Earth millions of years ago, and how our species not only survived, but thrived, through some unimaginable conditions. Alda visits with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participates directly in many experiments - including the detailed examination of his own brain.
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Nonfiction television programs
Television programs
Closed caption video recordings
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Alda; Graham Chedd; Larry Engel; Chedd-Angier-Lewis Productions.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); PBS Distribution (Firm)
ISBN: 9781608831364 1608831361
OCLC Number: 495860959
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally produced in 2007; originally broadcast as a 3 part series on PBS in 2009.
Special feature: deleted scenes.
Credits: Director of photography, Larry Engel ; editor, David Berenson ; music, John Keltonic.
Performer(s): Host, Alan Alda.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, widescreen.
Contents: Episode one. Becoming us: --
Our earliest ancestors --
Our Neanderthal cousins --
Flickerings of the human spark --
Stone-age social networking --
Crash course in primitive tool making --
New theories about our origins --
Episode two. So human, so chimp: --
Our closest living relatives --
Thinking like a chimp --
Monkey business : concepts of mind --
Apes vs. humans --
Chimp see, chimp do --
A helping hand --
Episode three. Brain matters: --
Welcome to Alan's brain --
The spark ignites --
Seeing the spark --
Is language genetic? --
The best intentions --
The essential human spark.
Responsibility: written and produced by Graham Chedd ; directed by Larry Engel ; a co-production of Chedd-Angier-Lewis Productions and Thirteen in association with WNET.ORG.

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Alan Alda takes a look at how humans first appeared on Earth millions of years ago, and how our species not only survived, but thrived, through some unimaginable conditions. Alda visits with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participates directly in many experiments - including the detailed examination of his own brain.

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The Human Spark

(EMRO user published 2010-07-02 ) Very Good Permalink
In this engaging presentation Alan Alda explores what separates us from our closest evolutionary relations, the Neanderthals and chimpanzees. What makes us different? What is the human spark that allows us to communicate using language, think about abstract concepts, use symbols, make tools, anticipate...
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