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[Documentary] NOVA - Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
« on: May 08, 2014, 03:54:54 PM »
https://youtube.com/watch?v=29u6XRY51Bk

The language bit on the end is quite interesting! ;)

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Re: [Documentary] NOVA - Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2014, 04:50:30 PM »
Bókmerkt for the weekend!

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Re: [Documentary] NOVA - Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 01:56:33 PM »
Okay, just finished watching it. It was good, but sadly not academically enriching enough to keep my absolute attention. It'd be great for the average Joe with a slight interest in the topic, who the show was undoubtedly designed for. The story of how LSN became ISN is an amazing one and that show really did a good job at giving a jumbled and unsatisfactorily confusing interpretation (from the perspective of having had different explanations which were better), which was slightly disappointing. I thought Pinker was far too conservative in his segments, but maybe he was told to be by the producers, to keep it at a layman level. Pinker's approach in his books shows he has a good talent to present this sort of stuff in a brilliantly intriguing manner, whether you side with him on his philosophical standpoint or not. Still, can't argue with the fact that it's great a show like that was made, and directed a pretty big section of the show to language.
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Re: [Documentary] NOVA - Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2014, 02:01:35 PM »
Yeah, I often feel that way about many documentaries ... not boring and scientificy enough! XD Cosmos being one of the more recent ones. However, I did find that it was a very good for reaching out to the general populace.

We don't need a replacement for Carl Sagan, we need another thousand like him.

PS. The narration by Liam Neeson was also very soothing ;)

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Re: [Documentary] NOVA - Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2014, 02:27:36 PM »
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PS. The narration by Liam Neeson was also very soothing ;)
I am shocked I didn't pick up on that. It did cross my mind that I recognised the voice because I distinctly remember thinking, "These PBS documentaries all have a similar type of voice and I'm sure I've heard this one before," but I would not have picked out it was him without prior knowledge. Now it is so obvious.
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XD Cosmos being one of the more recent ones.
I'm afraid we can't be having any dissing of Cosmos here.  :P
It's just too "amazeballs" - as one says in the general parlance of the day.
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