Show Business: Viewpoints

THE ASCENT OF MAN. PBS. Tuesday, January 7, 8:30 p.m. E.S.T. The first episode of this ambitious series, Jacob Bronowski's "personal view" of the development of civilization, carries the gloomy foreboding that the viewer may be in for a three-month brush-up course in anthropology—no bad thing, perhaps, but not an exciting prospect either. Bronowski in Ethiopia's Omo Valley musing over the cranial capacity of our earliest ancestors, Bronowski reflecting on the first stirrings of the artistic impulse before the cave paintings at Altamira —it is all ground that other popularizers have covered. Though...

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