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Overreaching at times
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2018
In general, the series has been good. However, in episode 4, I lost faith in their reasoning. In this episode, a science project about using natural selection methods in the development of a computer program described that a scientist wrote a program that would try to walk a simulated pair of legs across a flat surface. The program then would cause many programs to be generated. This population of programs would be ranked by their performance, and the best would be selected to seed the next group of programs. After 10 generations ( of an unknown population size ), the program generated was able to maintain a steady walk. That is very cool. The show then states that no human could write such a program. Really? A human did write that program. He used a language, created by men, to communicate to a machine, built by men, to create a product. Would the show assert that an automobile is something that no human could build ? Then the narrator jumps to the conclusion that there is no need for a creator to have complex behavior arise from simple building blocks. Suggesting that the big bang was the first generation of programs in this programming project. Of course, that line of reasoning is faulty. In this analogy, if the program is the universe, then the programmer would be the creator, the force that coded a design into the fabric of matter and defined the rules under which all things would operate. Not to mention the computer, which would be the container of the universe. In their zeal to declare there is no god, their analogy argues for one! The show should stick to science. Questions such as what happened before the big bang and into what is the universe expanding, are beyond the scope of present-day science. As with other non-scientific topics, they should be ignored by science. There are plenty of observable, repeatable, measurable phenomena for science to explore. This show seems to think science is THE view of the world. Science is A view of the world. A very useful one for our technological society, but not an all-encompassing one.