Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Seeking the "Human Spark"

What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did the Human Spark ignite, and when? And, perhaps most tantalizingly, why?

In the three-part series Human Spark, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participating directly in many experiments – including the detailed examination of his own brain.

Alda is uniquely qualified for this role. As an actor and author, and as the long-time host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers, he has a passion for both the humanities and science. He brings his trademark humor and curiosity to face-to-face conversations with leading researchers seeking the Human Spark, from archeologists finding clues in the fossilized bones and tools of our ancestors; to primatologists studying our nearest living relatives to explore what we have in common and what sets us apart; to neuroscientists peering into his mind with the latest brain scanning technologies.

Human Spark will air on three consecutive Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (July 27, August 3 and 10) on WSBE Rhode Island PBS and rebroadcast Fridays at 12:30 a.m. (July 29, August 5 and 12).

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