Dutch Evangelical Broadcaster Censors David Attenborough’s ‘Life of Mammals’

Did someone say evolution? (YouTube clips available on provided link)

The Dutch public broadcaster EO (Evangelische Omroep/Evangelical Broadcaster) has a reputation to uphold when it comes to broadcasting quality wildlife documentaries, both their own as well as series they’ve bought from other broadcasters like the BBC. One series they recently broadcasted was David Attenborough’s excellent (as per usual) Life of Mammals. However, something strange has happened with that series when it crossed the Channel: for some reason the Dutch version only has nine episodes, while the original has ten –and that’s not the only difference.

It turns out that the EO has deliberately removed all references to evolution from the series, as demonstrated by the three videos below. Which is not too surprising, considering the EO is after all a fundamentalist Christian broadcaster and adhers to the doctrine of the literal truth of the bible. What exactly the EO has censored in Attenborough’s series is now documented in several youtube movies

Analyzing the Red Shirt Phenomenon

In my seminars, I enjoy teaching analytics because the fun is in finding effective and memorable methods to help people understand the concepts. One of my favorites is an analysis of the Red-Shirt Phenomenon in Star Trek.

What? You don’t know about the Red Shirt Phenomenon? Well, as any die-hard Trekkie knows, if you are wearing a red shirt and beam to the planet with Captain Kirk, you’re gonna die. That’s the common thinking, but I decided to put this to the test. After all, I hadn’t seen any definitive proof; it’s just what people said. (Remind you of your current web analytics strategy?) So, let’s set our phasers on ‘stun’ and see what we find…

(via Mental Floss)

The Seminal Status of “Doc” Smith’s Lensman Series

A wonderful look at different themes from Doc EE Smith:

E. E. “Doc” Smith is today sometimes dismissed as “merely” a pulp science fiction writer who produced “cliche” space operas. What is not commonly realized is the extent to which he actually originated many ideas which were so widely copied by other writers that they became “cliche.” Here is a quick and brief listing of some of his most important ideas

(via SF Signal)