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The Privileged Planet 2004 NR

Through stunning computer animation, interviews with leading scientists, and spectacular images, The Privileged Planet explores the connection between our capacity to survive and our ability to observe and understand the universe.

John Rhys-Davies, Tom Roberts
1 hour, 0 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Lad Allen
Starring John Rhys-Davies, Tom Roberts
Supporting actors Charles Beichman, Donald Brownlee, Robin Collins, Dennis Danielson, Paul Davies, Guillermo Gonzalez, Kevin R. Grazier, Robert Jastrow, Bijan Nemati, Jay Richards, Seth Shostak
Studio Illustra Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By Bruce D. Woodall on July 8, 2005
Format: DVD
A thoughtful gaze cast beyond our atmosphere begs questions as to the how and why of time, exsistence, and purpose; questions which no sane person can, or should, ignore. In acknowleging the metaphysical dimension inherent to physics and cosmology, Gonzales and Richards join company with Kepler, Einstien, Hawking, Davies, and common folk like you and me. The

Privledged Planet film is a an excellent introduction to the more detailed book of the same name. It's a provocative guide through current evidences in physics and cosmology, which challenge the Copernican Principle and its cousin, the Principle of Mediocrity. Stimulating analysis such as this is what energizes science to move forward in the pursuit of truth, in this case looking not just at what the cosmos is, but to what it says.

If the tone of vulgar, sophmoric derision found in some of the negative reviews sounds eerily familiar, one should hardly be surprised. Defenders of orthodoxy never welcome dissent, or open inquiry for that matter, and visceral reactions are predicatable when such people sense a heretic in their church. The Privleged Planet has committed no sin against the empirical enterprise known as science; it merely refuses to genuflect before the doctrine of philosophical materialism. Gonzalez and Richards

have laid out a persuasive, testable argument and set a good example. Science, understanding, and the pursuit of truth will be better for it.

B. Woodall, M.D.
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I'm absolutely baffled at how many reviewers bring up the subject of "evolution" in their reviews of this DVD. Be they for it, or against it, they seem to base their opinion on it based on how they feel about "evolution". However, this DVD actually does not really take on that topic at all! What it does cover is something along the lines of Peter Ward's "Rare Earth". The uniqueness of earth in its ability to foster life.

Yes, it does have more of an Intelligent Design slant, which isn't suprising considering who made it, but there is nothing actually against the theory of evolution in this video at all. If you decided to love or hate this DVD, don't base your opinion of it on your opinion of Darwinism (be it for or against). That's really not the substance of the video, and anyone who thinks it is is completely missing out on the focus of the video.

This video is really well done, and features narration by John Rhyes Davies. If you're interested more in this subject, I'd definitely recommend the book "Rare Earth", or the DVD "If We Had No Moon" (narrated by Patrick Stewart).
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From the folks at Illustra Media comes their latest nail in the coffin of exhausted theories on the evolutionary process.

Its a pretty big nail too.

This is the first well produced video that I've seen on the concept of the Anthropic Principle, the observation that our habitable just a little too perfect for life to exist when compared to the rest of the known Universe.

I'm pleased to see Dr. VanMeurs doctoral dissertation of a review on a video he's apparently never seen.

So for everybody's a review by someone who HAS watched the video.

Very well produced and digitally filmed. The graphic presentations are excellent and near the level of the first edition in this series.

The scientists interviewed are very articulate and not out to bash you with the concept of "God" but to point out that the concept of our Universe actually teeming with life... is something that seems to fly in the face of the known facts.

FOR EXAMPLE: If we just took the space between Alpha Centauri and the star we call our Sun (about 4.3 light years) there seems to be only about a 2 mile layer of atmosphere that is known to be habitable by humans, without the aid of some sort of equipment.

Most of the video spends its time on the major points of the Anthropic Principle...right kind of sun, location in the solar system, location in the galaxy, atmosphere, presence of water...etc.

I wish there had been more video of the earth's landscapes used...simply because our earth is beautiful...and the respect this video gives it is breathtaking.
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I just borrowed this video and watched it. Initially I intended to do other things and have it on while I did some chores. But I was quickly drawn in, and my attention soon became undivided.

This video is scientifically understandable and cinematically beautiful.

It is revealing that those reviewers who have attempted to discredit this video attack it as being "christian propoganda", "fundamentalist garbage" etc, etc. Actually, christianity, Jesus, or anything related to Christianity is totally absent from the video, except the idea that the universe has purpose and is intentionally created. But this conclusion comes at the very end of the video, and if you've watched it through to the end you will have already arrived at the conclusion yourself by paying attention to the irrefutable scientific knowledge of the physical properties and processes that make life on earth possible and the discovery of creation possible.

This video goes into the very fundamental essential parameters for a habitable environment, and the "coincidence" that they all exist on our planet. But takes it further by recognizing that earth is also the best known location in the universe for DISCOVERING the physical properties and processes of the universe. This is illustrated simply and compellingly in this video.

(One elegant example which is expressed w/ beautiful visuals is the total eclipse of the sun example. "Coincidentally" in order for there to be the sort of total eclipse of the sun that can reveal the spectrum of the sun as it is darkened by the blockage of the moon you essentially must have perfection in design. The sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, so for it to work, the sun must also be precisely that far from the moon from our perspective on earth.
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