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Human Spark

THE HUMAN SPARK explores one central question: what makes humans unique? Three and a half billion years of evolution have 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. This three-part series is hosted by actor, author and science buff Alan Alda. He travels the world and speaks to a wide variety of experts who share their original thoughts about our most . . .

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Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 - 6:00 AM    "Becoming Us" Beginning in the caves of the Dordogne region of France, Alan Alda witnesses the spectacular paintings and carvings that date back some 30,000 years. Although it is an area peopled by Neanderthals for hundreds of thousands of years, Alda learns that Neanderthals are tenacious and resourceful, but produce no art. Those who painted the caves were strikingly different, possessing the "human spark." Part 1 of 3 G
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