For those of you who have never heard of the science-based show that airs on PBS, Nova is the end-all of all science shows. I’ve known about it for years, and even watched several as a kid but didn’t start really appreciating it until about a year or two ago.
I think the reason why I’m drawn to it so much, is the fact that they give you a lot of information, perhaps too much at times, but they do so without a bias. I think I really fell in love with Nova when I saw their episode on “Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial“. I had just started to really begin getting into Religious Studies, watching the Atheist Experience every Monday before work. This episode was right up my alley, and was more than a great test for bias in ideaology, scientific method and investigation or dogma and ignorance.
When it first started, and they discussed Intelligent Design, they made it seem like Dogma (which is is) but they didn’t counter any of the arguments, although it would have been easy. I began to question the nondiscriminatory unbiased nature of the show I had come to expect, but decided to stick it out as I was curious if maybe I was on the wrong side of the fence on the issue and could learn a thing or two (in case I was being the one who was bias). In the end though after 30-45 minutes or so, they began to expose all the flaws that really broke the failed hypothesis of Intelligent Design (Most of which were in the courtroom as to remain on topic as you could devote a lifetime to debunking Intelligent Design and it’s genre of false science). My ‘faith’ in the show was restored.
This was a serious turning point for me, as I started an automatic recording of the show on my DVR. I’ve seen every episode since the November showing. Everything from Fractal mathematics to Bose-Einstein Condensates. I owe a lot to this show in just this small amount of time. The best part being that it’s on PBS a Non-profit Broadcasting network, who accepts donations! Unfortunately I haven’t had any spare cash to donate as of yet, mostly because my life is in a bit of a bind with me trying to figure out my overall goal in life, and trips to see my wife’s family but this is another story.
If you haven’t seen the show, or for whatever reason you haven’t been watching it as religiously as I have, I urge you to pick it up. You can even watch their shows online if you can’t get them on TV and I’m sure you can get torrents of them (which I may do to see back-episodes).
There is so much about this show that I enjoy that I know I’m rambling quite chaotically. For insatnce during the show on Hugh Everett‘s son called “Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives” they talk about how Mark Everett has all these boxes in his basement with his father’s things he’s never gone through. They show them digging through some boxes, and on the bottom right, they invite you to view some original documents by visiting PBS.org which I’ve linked to here.
Nova is a great way to gain at least a basic knowledge of almost any topic. They give you the tools and instructions to increase your knowledge on said topic, if you feel you want to, and its non-profit and seemingly unbiased. I can’t think of anything better. Good job guys, keep up the good work.
Also, don’t be afraid to search for Nova on Google Video, for some great stuff!