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Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Darwin's Dangerous Idea is a three-part BBC documentary series presented by Andrew Marr, exploring the legacy and contemporary influence of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. In the series, Andrew Marr explores key moments in Darwin's life-changing voyage on HMS Beagle in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, as well as visiting locations in the United States, Turkey, Belgium and Berlin that are central to the epic story of the development and impact of Darwin's "dangerous idea". And he looks at the impact of Darwin's ideas on religion, morality, society, politics, and our understanding of the meaning of extinction and the interconnections between all life on earth and the environment.

Episode 1 - Body and Soul
This episode explores the impact of Darwin's ideas on religion and morality - how Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has taken on a life of its own far beyond the world of science.

Episode 2 - Born Equal
The episode explores the impact of Darwin's ideas on society and politics - eugenics, enforced sterilisation, genocide, and the view that all humans are members of the same race.

Episode 3 - Life and Death
This episode explores the impact of Darwin's ideas on our understanding of the meaning of extinction and the interconnections between all life on earth and the environment.


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Charles Darwin and On the Origin of Species
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Evolution
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Darwin's Legacy
Darwin scholars discuss Darwin's far-reaching legacy in fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature, and biology.