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That is exactly what I think every time I watch this. Countless times I have felt like I have just read a long meaningful book after watching this. It follows everything extensively and always includes a wide variety of opinions. PBS seems to always get the ball on the barrel of the bat when comes to almost anything. Nova is not just a home run it is a moonshot just like the channel PBS itself. Nova is such a great show because it is able to explain anything when it comes to about anything. From physics and chemistry to history and archeology things that seem so complex are able to be translated perfectly through this show.
This has been a long-standing PBS series that is the gold standard for documentary series.
I remember watching as a child with fascination one episode about the Voyager spacecraft, and another about whales.
Long may she live!
As a young person, Nova provided me with a means of easily
understanding subjects of science which the average person found
difficult to grasp. The program provided a nicely balanced version of
popular science - not to difficult - not too easy. Each subject was
carefully worked by the producers into a visually pleasing presentation
that imparted a passable understanding. Then, I went to college again
in mid-life to study engineering, science, and mathematics. As my
understanding of the basics of physics and math began to grow, Nova
began to reveal its weaknesses more and more. Rather than go into great
detail about how this program is worked and simplified to ninth grade
levels, I'll simply make a few observations. First it is science
popularized and approved by an establishment that has in many respects
perverted the very meaning of what science is supposed to represent.
For a strong example of this problem, research the issue of
fluoridation, and you will see how science can be manipulated by money
and politics until a policy no longer services the best interests of
the public it is supposed to protect. You'll find very limited or
meaningless arguments and alternative explanations in a Nova
presentation. Real science is not clean and simple like this program.
It is complex and full of doubts and debate. You will never see any
meaningful mathematical explanations either, but simple graphics
repeated over and over in a beautiful pattern with a droning voice that
teaches us very little. We are never challenged to think for ourselves.
Controversial theories that could be presented by their most ardent
proponents are very rare. Nothing brought this fact home to me more
strongly than when Nova attempted to demonstrate the collapse theory of
the World Trade Center from 9/11. The computer graphics were extremely
simplified, and there was absolutely no doubt presented that the
government's extremely flawed report had holes in it that were large
enough to navigate a supernova through. Very little information was
presented that made good, logical engineering sense when compared to
the known facts. And, when I checked the source of the digital graphics
from the program, the source turned out to be funded by an organization
with an agenda that was far too closely attached to the Bush
administration. This is not science. There was no mention of the
alternative theory that the building exhibited every aspect known to
occur when a structure is deliberately brought down by controlled
demolition. Nothing was mentioned about the puzzling mystery of
Building 7. I could present many other brazen examples of how Nova is
edited into brutish simplicity by the selective hand of its editors and
the National Science Foundation. But, I think you get the picture. So,
before you give these programs a nine or ten rating, go do some deeper
research concerning their subject matter, and make up your own theories
concerning their cut and dried conclusions. Express doubt, consider the
alternatives. Debate. This is what true science is about. Nova is good
brain food for those who want everything explained to them with no
doubts or challenge.
I'm proud to see that the majority who have read my review do not think it useful. Thank you for at least taking the time to read it. Now think about the science instead of your emotions. It's time to challenge NOVA to do a better job. And, I've noted of late that they seem to be doing a little better this year. Think. Challenge. Learn.
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I remember meeting Ray Loring while I was purchasing a Yamaha Digital Piano at Scotti Piano & Music Company in Peabody, MA.. Mr. Loring played the Piano for me. Ray told me that purchasing a piano was a good choice over a Guitar for our family. Ray told me that the Scotti family had been selling pianos for many years and that he purchased all of his instruments from the owner. Bill Scotti Jr. who gave me a sweet deal on a Yamaha Clavinova. I never dreamed that Ray Orchestrated all of the Nova shows, choreographing all of the back ground music, until listening, I did not recognize how intricate this process is, Ray will be missed by those who appreciated his art and dedication to his trade.
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