Anybody else watch this?
I normally watch NOVA and am always amazed and stupefied. But this episode seemed like a butt-load of junk science.
First: The kid at the beginning of the show. He can regurgitate “trivia”, World Series crap that anyone can read on the internet. Big deal. Lots of people can do that. Ask him what his mom was wearing on June 3rd, 1997. No matter what he says, how the hell can you verify it? Its not like cameras were following this kid since birth. I’m not convinced of his “super memory”. I’m sure they put him through a bunch of tests, but they didn’t air enough to convince me.
Second: The mice with lasers shooting into their heads. Oh, come on! How the hell could they possibly target the specific (tiny) areas that they were shooting for? They didn’t convince me they weren’t stimulating so much of the brain as to generate false results that confirmed the scientists assumptions. I wasn’t buying it.
Third: That fucking terrible “false memory” study. That came off as a complete load of shit. That one gal they showed seemed completely neurotic to start with. No doubt you could convince her of whatever false memories you wanted. 70 percent? Really? I’ll bet it would have been about 10 percent if some old dude that looked like Bernie Sanders had done the test. That’s all I’m sayin’. I bet about half the sample size could be disqualified right off the bat. Damn, my knuckles hurt!
Not the best NOVA I’ve seen. Damn, I’m bored. Why did I bother with this?