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Last night, TLC aired a programme titled "Mysteries of the Origins of Man,"
which, among other bits of pseudoscience and out right mysticism, dragged out
the misinterpreted/hoaxed Paulxy "human" tracks as evidence that "nobody
really knows" the origins of humanity. Narrated by Charlton Heston (no big
surprise there). I've noticed that TLC seems particularly prone to airing
this sort of thing, which is unfortunate, since the also air PALEOWORLD.
It's very easy to imagine the confusion this causes for viewers (especially
young viewers), as reagrds what palaeontology recognises as good and bad
science (or simply as non-science). If anyone else is interested in
contacting TLC and expressing their concerns over the issue, the snail-mail
and e-mail addresses are posted below.
The Learning Channel / The Discovery Channel
7700 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 700
Tel: (301) 986-0444
Fax: (301) 986-9552
Caitlin R. Kiernan