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Mentifisto from United Kingdom
19 July 2015
Horizon is a prism... it is mostly scientific, retaining much of its
earliest episodes in its latter ones (although not quite the details,
especially when it concerns physics).
Its episodes concerning astronomy, in particular, are usually
awe-inspiring, and although Horizon attempts to add in musical details
that add to the whole picture (thus sensationalizing it, effectively)
it does mostly succeed in conveying both the artistic aspect of what
science could achieve and the actual details themselves, although when
tackling topics that are more philosophical, like infinity,
sensationalism may take over with not as many details.
Horizon also tries to explain sociological issues that verge on the
scientific, like the placebo effect and autism; with the former it does
succeed (in my opinion) in conveying both the hard science and
psychology behind it, despite involving some random people... whereas,
with autism, it fails scientifically, and seems to involve random
people for no apparent reason.
Generally, as long as Horizon concentrates on the science it succeeds,
but when it ends up speculating on anecdotes it doesn't so well (even
with the earlier episodes, individual scientists were interviewed but
they didn't necessarily talk about themselves).
Science should be at the centre of any documentaries that attempt to
tackle such questions (autism clearly involves neurotransmitters e.g.
and yet none were mentioned). Anecdotes should be used only in rare,
specific cases like Henry Molaison's.
Overall, though, Horizon does seem to present science well...
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