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Beyond Science? [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
What is science fact and what is science fiction? Beyond Science, a part of the PBS Scientific American Frontiers series, explores the topics that go beyond the realm of science: the phenomenon that are nearly impossible to examine in a rigorous scientific way. A provocative behind-the-scenes look at scientific exploration, this program presents top scientists expressing their thoughts on the importance of a scientific method of research as well as offering evidence both for and against the claims made for "fringe" topics such as therapeutic touch, dowsing, graphology, palm reading, UFOs, and the possibility of building free energy machines.
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60 min.
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6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Scientific American frontiers (Television program)
PBS Scientific American Frontier series
  • Introduction: Beyond Science (0:50)
  • Sponsors: Beyond Science? (0:36)
  • Palm Reading Set-Up (2:41)
  • Why People Believe in the Irrational (2:10)
  • Dowsing for Water (2:43)
  • Dowsing Test (2:54)
  • Learning to Dowse (1:55)
  • Dowser Gets No Response (2:26)
  • Dowser Doubters (2:21)
  • Faking Alien Autopsies (2:48)
  • What Happened in Roswell (3:01)
  • Debunking Roswell (2:59)
  • Conspiracy Theories (2:44)
  • Free Energy (2:46)
  • Harnessing "Free" Energy (1:22)
  • Physicists Assessments of Zero-Point Energy (2:27)
  • The Zero-Point Energy Age? (1:30)
  • Handwriting Analysis (2:20)
  • Handwriting as a "Mind Print" (3:17)
  • Comparing Psychology to Graphology (1:44)
  • Graphology as Pseudoscience (1:35)
  • Therapeutic Touch (2:35)
  • Scientifically Studying Therapeutic Touch (2:09)
  • Putting Touch Therapists to the Test (1:44)
  • Science's Safeguard: The Scientific Method (1:01)
  • Additional Resources, Sponsors, & Credits (1:26)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c1997.
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44056 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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