Symphony of Science - "Children of Africa" (The Story of Us)

by: melodysheep     Published on: 06 July 2011

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Description : A musical celebration of humanity, its origins, and achievements, contrasted with a somber look at our environmentally destructive tendencies and deep similarities with other primates. Featuring Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough."Children of Africa" is the tenth installment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series. Materials used in the creation of this video are from:BBC Incredible Human JourneyBBC Ascent of ManBBC Life of MammalsBBC Human PlanetBBC Walking With CavemenCarolyn Porco: HollywoodQuest for FireHubblecast 29AWhat Makes Us Human (Leakey Foundation)What Separates Us from Chimps (Sapolsky)ChimpanzeeNeil Tyson - Human IntelligenceGemini Observatory Time-lapsemp3: http://symphonyofscience.comRights to use Carl Sagan have been put on hold for the time being. Please be patient if you wish to see more Carl!Special thanks to everybody who's donated to keep the project alive and to those who helped track down the materials used in this video.To download and watch more videos visit http://[email protected]s:[Jacob Bronowski]Man is a singular creature;He has a set of gifts which make him unique among the animalsSo that unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscapeHe is the shaper of the landscape[Alice Roberts]We are all children of AfricaThey say this is where it all began[Bronowski]In a parched African landscapeMan first put his foot to the ground[Roberts]Africa was our only homefor tens of thousands of yearsuntil a small handful of people made their wayout of Africa[Carolyn Porco]These beings with soaring imaginationEventually flung themselves and their machinesInto interplanetary space[Roberts]We are all children of africaThis landscape has been home to humansTwo hundred thousand years[Porco]We have come so farAll of this is cause for great celebrationWe have come so farThis is a story about us[Roberts]Those early EuropeansWere people like you and meBut it is humblingWhen you see the challenges they facedPeople like you and meOvercame the NeanderthalsPeople like you and meMade it through the ice age[Refrain][Jane Goodall]We are not the only beingsWith personalities, minds, and feelingsChimpanzees have very clear personalities[Robert Sapolsky]Take a chimp brain foetallyAnd let it go two or three more rounds of divisionAnd out comes symphonies and ideology[Neil deGrasse Tyson]Everything that we areThat distinguishes us from chimpsEmerges from that one percentDifference in DNA[Roberts]People like you and meOvercame the NeaderthalsPeople like you and meMade it through the ice age[Refrain][David Attenborough]Using his burgeoning intelligence,This most successful of all mammalsHas exploited the environment to produce food For an ever increasing population.Instead of controlling the environmentFor the benefit of the populationPerhaps it's time we controlled the populationTo allow the survival of the environment