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Horizon is a current and long-running BBC popular science and philosophy documentary programme. The programme was first broadcast in 1964 with "The World of Buckminster Fuller" which explored the theories and structures of inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller and included the Horizon mission statement, "The aim of Horizon is to provide a platform from which some of the world's greatest scientists and philosophers can communicate their curiosity, observations and reflections, and infuse into our common knowledge their changing views of the universe". There have been over 1000 episodes made and broadcast.
The President's Guide to Science
Horizon asks some of the biggest names in science to have a quiet word with the new
President, be it Obama or McCain. The United States President is quite simply the most
powerful man on earth, but past Presidents have often known little about science.
That is a problem when the decisions they make will affect every one of us, from
nuclear proliferation to climate change. To help the new President get to grips with this intimidating responsibility, some of the
world's leading scientists, from Dawkins to Watson, share some crucial words of advice.
How Mad Are You? Pt1
This is a really strange programme. It's the first of a two-parter following a "bold and audacious experiment" carried out in a country house. Ten volunteers are put through tasks such as paintballing and clearing out cowsheds. Five of them, we're told, have had mental health problems - anorexia, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and so on. The question is, can a panel of experts work out which ones? So it's not really an "experiment" at all. It's a big game, a kind of reality TV show. That makes it absorbing and thought-provoking, but scientifically it's a washout: all it proves is that it's hard to diagnose mental health problems on sight, which we knew already. There are nuggets of interest along the way, though, such as the fact that one symptom of depression is a tendency to explain negative events as if you were the cause of them. But the programme perhaps reveals less about its subjects than about the intriguing psychology of Horizon producers at the moment.
How Mad Are You? Pt. 2
Second part of the special documentary considering where the line between sanity and madness lies as ten volunteers come together for an extraordinary test. With five 'normal' volunteers and five who have been officially diagnosed as mentally ill, Horizon asks if you can tell who is who.
Jimmy's GM Food Fight
Like all the people Jimmy Doherty surveys about genetically modified crops, you may think they are A Bad Thing. Jimmy, who as we know is passionate about traditional farming methods, isn't sure about them, either. But he realises his back-to-nature ideals won't feed the world and he also knows that man has been tinkering with vegetables for centuries. Ironically, while well-fed Europeans demonstrate against GM, malnourished Africans, who are desperate to produce more food, try to steal GM crops rather than trash them. Presumably, the need to eat now is more important to them than worrying about what might, or might not, be the effect in the future.
Do You Know What Time It Is?
Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox asks, 'What time is it?' It's a simple question and it sounds like it has a simple answer. But do we really know what it is that we're asking? Brian visits the ancient Mayan pyramids in Mexico where the Maya built temples to time. He finds out that a day is never 24 hours and meets Earth's very own Director of Time. He journeys to the beginning of time, and goes beyond within the realms of string theory, and explores the very limit of time. He discovers that we not only travel through time at the speed of light, but the experience we feel as the passing of time could be an illusion.
We are in the grip of an allergy epidemic. 50 years ago one in 30 were affected, but in Britain today it is closer to one in three. Why this should be is one of modern medicine's greatest puzzles. In search of answers, Horizon travels round the globe, from the remotest inhabited island to the polluted centres of California and the UK. We meet sufferers and the scientists who have dedicated their lives trying to answer the mystery of why we are becoming allergic to our world.
Where's My Robot?
Tonight, Danny Wallace tackles one of science's most reliably entertaining subjects - robotics. Consumed by a desire to find "the perfect robot companion", he goes on a tour of the world's hottest science labs. It's a great idea for a programme. So good, in fact, that James May did the same thing on the same channel a couple of months ago in his Big Ideas series. The world's robot experts may tire of quirky presenters from BBC2 turning up to mock their creations. Wallace is easy-going company, with his bedhead hair and habit of high-fiving interviewees. But every scene has a knowing, tongue-in-cheek feel. The amazing thing is that through this layer of mickey-taking, some intriguing ideas break through, the gist of which is: we may be on the brink of a revolution, but you only have to watch a robot try to pick up a stapler to see we're not there yet.
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