William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 14:57:17 UTC 2017
On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 8:57 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10 August 2017 at 14:07, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> > I have Darwin's magnum opus on my table. He does write well, but damn
> > page after page of birds and more birds gets a little tedious.
> > I just thought 'ascent' deserved a bit of a joke - not much there, I
> If you enjoyed 'Connections' you would probably like 'The Ascent of
> Man' by Dr. Bronowski.
> The Ascent of Man is a 13-part documentary television series produced
> by the BBC and Time-Life Films first broadcast in 1973; it was written
> and presented by Jacob Bronowski. Intended as a series of "personal
> view" documentaries in the manner of Kenneth Clark's 1969 series
> Civilisation, the series received acclaim for Bronowski's highly
> informed but eloquently simple analysis, his long unscripted
> monologues and its extensive location shoots.
> The title alludes to The Descent of Man, the second book on evolution
> by Charles Darwin. Over the series' 13 episodes, Bronowski travelled
> around the world in order to trace the development of human society
> through its understanding of science.
> The book of the series, The Ascent of Man: A Personal View, is an
> almost word-for-word transcript.
This is a good example of how the mind works. I thought I had come up
with a little twist on 'descent' by using 'ascent', only to find out from
the ever helpful billK that it probably was in my unconscious since 1973,
only to surface as something 'original'. Go figure. bill w
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