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Pandora's Box: A Fable from the Age of Science

Pandora's Box: A Fable from the Age of Science is a six part BBC documentary series produced by Adam Curtis, examining the consequences of political and technocratic rationalism. The series deals, in order, with communism in The Soviet Union, systems analysis and game theory during the Cold War, economy in the United Kingdom during the 1970s, the insecticide DDT, Kwame Nkrumah's leadership in Ghana during the 1950s and 1960s and the history of nuclear power. (from wikipedia.org)

Episode 1 - The Engineer's Plot
This episode details how the Bolshevik revolutionaries who came into power in 1917 attempted to industrialize and control the Soviet Union with rational scientific methods.

Episode 2 - To The Brink of Eternity
This episode outlines how the US government attempted to use systems analysis and game theory to develop strategies to control the nuclear threat and nuclear arms race during the Cold War.

Episode 3 - The League of Gentlemen
This episode tells the saga of how the British attempted to engineer their economy by manipulating it during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

Episode 4 - Goodbye Mrs. Ant
Focusing on our attitudes to nature, this episode tells the story of the insecticide DDT, which was first seen as a savior to humankind in the 1940s, only to be claimed as a part of the destruction of the entire ecosystem in the late 60s.

Episode 5 - Black Power
This episode looks at how former Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah set Africa ablaze with his vision of a new industrial and scientific age.

Episode 6 - A is For Atom
This episode is an insight into the history of nuclear power. In the 1950s scientists and politicians thought they could create a different world with a limitless source of nuclear energy. But things began to go wrong.


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