Death By Design/The Life and Times of Life and Times
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The Life and Times of Life and Times is an edgy yet witty treatise on an enduring scientific and philosophical mystery: Why do we age? For that matter, why does anything in the material world change over time, and what does time mean in a biological sense? Several garrulous scientists seem happy to expound on one or another aspect of these questions in this stimulating documentary by Jean-François Brunet and Peter Friedman ("Death By Design: Where Parallel Worlds Meet"). Among other things, the film's talking heads remind us we know little about aging, and that evolution could have eradicated aging in human beings by now except for the fact that nature regards older, post-fertility people as, well, unworthy of preserving. But don't despair: Other species face the same dilemma, except scientists have learned to lengthen the life span of, say, fruit flies by delaying their reproductive period. (Hmm ) If there is such a thing as a fountain of youth, it all comes down to genetics, The Life and Times tells us in its casually enigmatic way. --Tom Keogh
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I recall a quote in a book, something like "zen is what happens after you've spent enough time thinking about death", or words to that effect.
This is one of the very best films I've seen, and proves to be an essential step to consciousness and enlightenment. The information in "Death by Design" is wonderfully enhanced with useful graphical representations. The filmmakers went above and beyond to make complex, esoteric terms easier to understand by use of imagery and apperception. Viewers will see microscopic elements, pictorial theories, and discussions with a variety of experts in the USA, Europe, and abroad.
It makes sense that, "to live is to die." Such programming exists in human life, animal kingdom, and even in the subatomic world of particles. This explains how or why death occurs and also examines dis-eases, such as cancer; how cells live, communicate, mate, divide, consume each other, disappear, and ultimately die by instructed suicide.
This is a must-see film, especially recommended for those in the sciences, RSE students, and others whom enjoyed, "What the Bleep." Viewers will learn that death is an implemented design that is part of the same "design of life" [and everyday times] as the title references.
directed by Jean-Francois Brunet & Peter Friedman
approx 70 minutes
This movie is on the unusual subject of the way cells die. Other processes such as cell communication and division are also covered but the main issue here is the idea that cells are sent a signal to die and "commit suicide". Several experts speak on the subject and hypothesize that maybe the reason it hasn't been discussed is due to mankind's inherent fear of death. My favorite interview subject in the movie is Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, one of the first to study the cell death process. Her sister, Paola Rita Levi-Montalcini was a painter whose work used themes of life and death and some of it is shown here.
The movie is made in an interesting way, juxtaposing stock footage and shots from microscopes. One part I liked in particular was the grainy clip of the dancers from an old musical edited with gray science shots of cell division. The soundtrack switches between classical and neo-classical for effect.
Although there are few subjects in the world less emotional than cellular biology, the way this movie is put together adds a bit of lyricism to the "design".
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I actually broke this DVD, so that another human being will never waste their time by watching it. It is composed of brief tidbits of information, always followed by movie or... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nathaniel T. Faulhaber
This convincingly articulated and supremely entertaining documentary confirmed something I have long suspected: that death is not something to be dreaded to the point of pretending... Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by John Techwriter
This is a great documentary for the layman who is actually interested in this sort of thing. Its very well done. Its fun and informative. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Ddalrymple
It is an amazing fact that such educated and intelligent professionals seem to recognize the "DESIGN" in ONE aspect from the study of cells... Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by Paul Junior
Embryology or Developmental Biology is very fascinating and understanding how and why cells die could have been discussed with greater detail. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by Richard