I was watching some old TV shows I used to watch when I was a kid and thinking about the good old days.. I started to see a pattern in the things I watched, enjoyed and remembered.. 

 

Bill Nye, Beakmans World, Rocko's Modern Life (love the Shnit heads episode were heifer joins a cult), Mr Wizard Grendel Grendel Grendel and a few other shows.. 

 

I was wondering if anybody else notices certain things in their lives that helped mold their free critical thinking mindset?

 

 

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Cool thread subject, Jacob. I grew up in the 60's and I am completely convinced watching the original Star Trek series was the foot lodged in my mind, that caught in the door when religious indoctrination tried to slam it on me.
@ Heather - You have to love something that freaky lol.
Jim Carrey's impersonation of Captain Kirk is precious and hilarious. So is your new prifle pic Robert lol.
My inspirations go a bit further back. 321 Contact (the segment on melanin still sticks out in my mind), Nova, Once Upon A Time... Man!, the boatloads of astronomy movies I had seen in the planetariums in Edmonton, going to the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.  Not to mention the numerous books on early humans and space that I read as a kid, as well.

I watched reruns of the original Star Trek and it definitely inspired me to think about why we do some of the things we do.  To this day I sometimes imagine talking to an alien and trying to explain aspects of our civilization - and it's cool to think that they just speak to me in English but know nothing about life on Earth, ha ha (Thank you for that concept, Mr. Roddenberry).

 

The CBC also played a lot of Carl Sagan and his voice just seemed to make me think about how grand the universe really was, just as it is, without the need for making up stories about it.  David Suzuki was another CBC regular and he was just so cool, a regular intellectual hippy who made me wonder why the masses didn't consider learning about nature to be cool.

 

Because of Sagan and Suzuki, I became drawn to every documentary that I could find, and often wondered what Mr. Spock would think of them.  By the time I was 5, my family already thought I was weird.

Very interesting road map for me. Pretty much nature shows guided me and documentaries. First Barney...had a dinosaur, then a kid show called Zaboomafoo, The Walking with Dinosaurs Series on the Discovery Channel along with all the other periods of history ones. Then the unrestricted use of the Science channel probably. Lack of parental care in what I watched did it for me!

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