The Human Sexes 04: Passages of Life

If you came from Mars, as I do, and you started to observe human behavior, you would soon start to notice that for all their talk about individuality and uniqueness, human beings are a relentlessly sheepish species, constantly perpetuating the rituals and traditions inherited from their ancestors, many times not knowing their reason or rhyme.

As isolated facts, virtually all of these activities are simply bizarre, but if you start to think of human beings as historical and biological beings subject to the selection pressures of evolution and the slow and gradual accumulation of knowledge about the world, as Desmond Morris does, then the similarity behind the great diversity of rituals will reveal something simultaneously familiar and oddly strange.

Check out the entire The Human Sexes documentary series.
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