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"The Creation of Adam" from the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1511-1512. (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Adam and Eve. The Biblical tale is one of the best known stories in the world. Creation. Destruction. Good and Evil. Knowledge and temptation. Sin. Grace. Innocence and The Fall.

This brief story contains within it every question (but perhaps not every answer) we ask ourselves about who we are and why we are the way we are.

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Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, Pultizer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern." His new book is "The Rise And Fall of Adam and Eve."

This segment aired on November 22, 2017.

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