The Nature of Things
- 47 Seasons
The Nature of Things is a documentary series that discusses many different scientific developments and how they relate to the world around us. It is hosted by David Suzuki and was named after a poem by a Roman philosopher. Each week the program focuses on a different area of scientific development. Topics range from the search for life on other planets to human technology here on earth. Sometimes the show will spend several episodes going in-depth on a particular issue, such as they did when discussing the life and theories of evolutionist Charles Darwin. Each episode of the show is focused on learning something more specific about the world and viewing a topic through a specialized lens. The series often focuses on environmental issues including clear-cut logging. In another episode, the host also discussed the effects of medical marijuana and delved into the science behind the drug. The series also interviewed people pushing for its legalization. There was a separate episode that dealt with marijuana's potential benefits and drawbacks for people suffering from mental illness. The series also uses science to focus on explaining real life tragedies, including the plane crash of Swissair 111. The series focused on the mechanical failure of the plane and interviewed experts on how to avoid future plane crashes. Another episode delved into the psychology of babies and focused on explaining how they learned to interact with the world. Another episode was called the perfect runner and it detailed how humans have evolved as a species to run faster. The show interviewed athletes, trainers, and scientific experts to see how training and techniques can advance runners in the future. Each episode of the program lasts an hour.