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Through several amusing live action and animated vignettes, Saul Bass illustrates a fundamental and essential particularity of human nature that keeps us alive and the world turning, evolving and reaching new designs and possibilities: the necessity of creation. And by creation, Bass means everything from art to mundane things, from words and numbers to unusual abstract works. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Early Man No. 1: Hey, do you realize you just invented the wheel?
Early Man No. 2: I know, I know.
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Mrs. Sweet's 8th Grade English class
22 April 2003 | by (Saco, Maine) – See all my reviews

That's where I first saw Why Man Creates back in 1975. There was a segment with a traffic light and people crossing a busy street.

The light had four commands: "DON'T WALK", "WALK", "STOP",

and "JUMP", and they stopped in the middle of the street and did jumping jacks. The historical segments were funny. There was

one with monks chanting: "What is the shape of the world?" "Flat!" "What would you do if you go off the edge?" "Fall!" and then there was another one with a man who was so excited he couldn't contain himself. "Hey!" he shouts to his friend who's offscreen. "I invented the zero!" His friend's incredulous. "What?!'" he exclaims. The second man, defeated, says, "Nothing."


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