It’s hard for me to believe that 1988 was twenty years ago, but it was. Few videos made that long ago, especially those dealing with science, are worth watching. PBS’ nine part series, The Mind, however is one of those rare exceptions. Each episode is an hour-long probe into an unique aspect of the human mind, such as development, aging, pain and healing, addictions, language, and thinking. There is also a companion book (which we have in the LMC) by Dr. Richard M. Restak that covers the same material outlined in the videos. After watching three, hour-long episodes, I have decided to add the titles to our library catalog because I found the information to still be accurate. (These videos were donated by a teacher, not purchased). Granted, technology has made HUGE advancements in the last two decades, but much of the information covered in the videos is about things that have not changed too radically; such as the names and functions of certain brain regions and brain structures; the biochemical nature of neuro-transmitters and synapses; and theories of language acquisition. Sure the grainy CAT scans, blurry MRIs and green computer screens obviously date the documentary, but I thought that there were still “nuggets” of information to be had. I invite those of you who teach health, biology, psychology, or any other remotely connected subject to preview the tapes and let me know if I should keep them in our catalog. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to your professional feedback.
© 2008 henry toromoreno