We travel back in time across the entire sweep of human history on a quest to discover the moments that that truly made us modern. Parents need to know that Origins: The Journey of Humankind is a miniseries that shares stories of human history, focusing on momentous milestones like the harnessing of fire and the evolution of language. Each episode plays out like a dissertation adapted to the screen, as Silva outlines the overriding theme and re-enactments put the concepts into action. In 2009, yet another high-tech successor to money emerged. My blood pressure and stress levels came down, and was able to enjoy the show. Boswell, Simon George, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner and Steven Michaels, just to name a few. Its often graphic historical re-enactments aren't for kids, but its intriguing claims about significant events driving the course of human history will interest some teens and adults.
The surprising connections between each quantum leap also play an important role in our exploration. In the ancient world, people often relied upon symbols that also had some tangible value in their own right. It became the raw material for the first coins, which were created in Lydia, a kingdom in what is now Turkey, around 2,700 years ago. The gleaming precious metal was stable, yet also could be combined at high temperatures with other metals to create alloys, and was easy to melt and hammer into shapes. In the ancient Greek city-state of Corinth, banks were set up at which foreign traders could exchange their own coins for Corinthian ones. By focusing on one dominant influence in each episode, the show makes connections between seemingly unrelated advances to trace the path to the modern human experience. Is it always true that history is written by the winners of conflict?.
I for one never seize to be fascinated by the history of our world and how things evolved and came about to where we are today. Because the show strives for and, for the most part, manages impressively realistic interpretations of historical events, scenes of war, tragedy, illness, injury, and death are only minimally amended, so the full range of emotion and physical catastrophe is on display. Each episode of the eight-part series focuses on a single element -- like the creation of language and advances in life-saving medical practices -- in homo sapiens' journey from earliest origins to the modern era. It also helped connect the world, by enabling traders to roam across continents and oceans to buy and sell goods, and investors to amass wealth. The series recreates the path human evolution has taken from ancient times to the modern era, specifically as it relates to decisive factors like the harnessing of fire, the invention of money, and medical developments.
The title is pretty self-explanatory, as this documentary delves into the history of us and what made us into the humans we are today. It helped to drive the development of civilization, by making it easier not just to buy and sell goods, but to pay workers in an increasing number of specialized trades—craftsmen, artists, merchants, and soldiers, to name a few. The strong overall rating of 7. Each of these next big things have been identified in consultation with the world's leading authors and scholars in their respective fields. This particular documentary covers the main developments in our civilizations — long before we even were civilized — and each episode takes one specific to explore.
The ancient Chinese were among those who used , which were prized for their beauty as materials for jewelry, to make payments. Despite its hefty learning potential, though, families should consider the graphic nature of Origins' content before watching as a family. In the 20th century, new methods of payment began to emerge as alternatives to cash. I tried watching that way and found that I missed nothing, confirming that he adds nothing to the presentation of the material. Even today, many characters in Chinese writing that relate to money include the ancient symbol for the cowrie shell.
Yes, it over-dramatizes too many minor points with lots of hyperbole, but I get that it's an interpretive work. That revelation, Thomas says, eventually led to the concept of fiat money, which governments issue currently, and that has value essentially because they government says that it does—and because they control the supply of money so that its purchasing power remains relatively stable. And starting in the 1920s, oil companies and hotel chains began to issue credit cards, which enabled customers to make purchases and pay what they owed later. The greed for riches has enticed nations to launch bloody wars of conquest, and driven some humans to exploit or cheat others. As of today, no official announcements have been made regarding the future of the show.
If the gold or silver in them became worth more, people tended to melt them down. Since ancient times, humans have utilized all sorts of items to represent value, from large stones to cakes of salt, squirrel pelts and whale teeth. Material itself is fine, in my opinion. Such early accounting tools ultimately evolved into a system of finance and itself —a symbolic representation of value, which can be transferred from one person to another as a payment for goods or services. What evidence do you see for either argument in this series? Origins boldly goes where no franchise has gone.
It is our primal curiosity that will spark new inventions and go further than where we are. The show uses dramatic reenactments to visualize the events of our origins and the journey of human kind. Over the centuries, money continued to evolve in form and function. The earliest paper bills literally were receipts that gave the bearer ownership of gold or silver coins that could be collected upon demand. Hosted by Jason Silva, who we know from the show Brain Games, this series is produced by Asylum Entertainment and executive produced by Ben Bitonti, John D.
For curious families with teens and mature tweens, though, this unique series is a revealing journey into human history. He needs to see how to convey the sense of wonder in presenting knowledge--maybe watch Carl Sagan, James Burke, David Attenborough, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and many other successful narrators. It's a thought-provoking way to view history, but it requires some familiarity with notable events and people to put into full context the show's assertions about their significance to the overall human experience. The creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913 also set up a nationwide clearinghouse, which helped banks to process deposits of checks drawn against accounts at other institutions. And the Greek historian Herodotus, writing in the 5th Century B.
They were used as money in other parts of the world as well. Those physical tokens, in turn, gradually are being superseded by electronic ones, ranging from credit card transactions to new forms of digital currency designed for transferring and amassing wealth on the Internet. By the 1700s, the economy had grown so much that it was inconvenient to transport, store and dispense large quantities of bulky coins, so societies shifted toward paper currency. It tries to answer the questions as to how we got here, how we evolved from apes to some engineer creating atomic energy in a laboratory surrounded by the most advanced technology you could ever imagine. In each case, the story focuses on how humans persevered to overcome hardship with innovation and resilience. Is this necessarily a bad thing? One piece might signify a bushel of grain, while another with a different shape might represent a farm animal or a jar of olive oil. In the 1600s, for example, investors who gathered in London coffeehouses began buying underwriting traders and colonists venturing across the ocean to the New World, financing their voyages in exchange for a share of the crops or goods they brought back.