The Seed mothership wants to know, “What is the best science TV show of all time?“
There’s one program that comes immediately to mind…
Jacob Bronowski’s Ascent of Man.
It is said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That is false, tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods.
I remember watching this series with my father while I was in high school, an awful lot of years ago. You come away from it with a sense that science is an entirely human endeavor, profound and powerful, and that it does not exclude any piece of our world. Humanist, scientist, citizen, thinker, communicator—these represent the best values of our culture.