The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. The Nature of Things entertains and inspires audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science. From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

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Episodes

The Nature of Things Earth Energy

Filmmaker Bill Lishman journeys around the world in search of earth’s renewable energy. He discovers Canada’s rich history of hydroelectric production, finds the world’s largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert and makes the discovery that 25% of Denmark’s electricity is produced with wind turbines. Lishman explores North America’s wealth of renewable resources and looks at ways other countries ...
  • 2005
  • 00:45:38
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Nature Bites Back: The Case of the Sea Otter

In breathtaking detail, high-definition cameras capture the behaviour of this aquatic favourite. Sea otters were nearly wiped out by the fur trade 200 years ago, with only a handful remaining in remote outposts as a curious relic. But 30 years ago, biologists began resurrecting the species in a living experiment. It worked brilliantly, but with unforeseen consequences. This fascinating story ...
  • 2005
  • 00:45:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Passion and Fury, The Emotional Brain: Anger (Part 1 of 4)

The program uses the real stories of two men to illustrate different experiences of our most destructive emotion. One committed murder and the other turned his anger into a positive experience. Uncover the startling discoveries researchers make when they scan the brains of sociopaths and learn about the scientific studies that may answer the question: does biology dictate destiny? See ...
  • 2005
  • 00:53:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Passion and Fury, The Emotional Brain: Fear (Part 3 of 4)

Our most primitive emotion is mined in this probing examination of terror, anxiety and phobias. What triggers fear, our physiological reactions, and what purpose it serves are studied. Scientists investigate how our brain assesses the need for fight or flight. How does environment affect our fear centre? What about the way we are raised? Unlock the mystery of this primal ...
  • 2005
  • 00:52:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2013

The Nature of Things Passion and Fury, The Emotional Brain: Happiness (Part 4 of 4)

Go on a journey of joy as this program unveils the secrets of contentment. Learn how this emotion contributes to obesity and yet is the one sentiment that motivates us to live. This program reveals the results of a World Happiness Report: are poor people happier than rich ones? Behavioural experts explain how we can be trained to experience happiness. ...
  • 2005
  • 00:53:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Passion and Fury, The Emotional Brain: Love (Part 2 of 4)

Love is magic. Our palms get sweaty, our knees get weak. That's true. But it is also a chemical reaction steeped in the basic needs of primitive man. Anthropologists dissect this emotion to its core: lust, romantic love and attachment. How we are aroused is explored: smell and tone of voice play into attraction and compatibility. Ever wonder why teens ...
  • 2005
  • 00:53:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013