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Today, most scientists and philosophers claim that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift, without purpose or significance, in a vast cosmic sea. This idea (popularized by the late astronomer, Carl Sagan) is an outgrowth of the naturalistic philosophy that has dominated science for the past 150
years. Yet, remarkable evidence--unveiled by contemporary astronomy and physics-may now tell a very different story.
Building upon the overwhelming success of Unlocking theMystery of Life (widely acclaimed as the most effective refutation of Darwinian theory, ever produced), Illustra Media presents The Privileged Planet.
This hour-long documentary explores the scientific evidence for intelligent design and purpose in the universe. In the process, Earth is revealed as far more than the product of time, chance, and random natural processes.
We now know that a rare and finely tuned array of factors makes Earth suitable for complex life. We depend on our planet's oxygen-rich atmosphere, its large moon, its planetary neighbors, and its precise location within the solar system and Milky Way galaxy. But the story does not end here. For, the same factors that make a planet like Earth hospitable to life also provide the best conditions for scientific discovery.
Is this correlation merely a coincidence? Or does it point to a deeper truth about the purpose of the cosmos and the reality of a transcendent designer? The answer could dramatically affect 21st century science.
Through stunning computer animation, interviews with leading scientists, and spectacular images of Earth and the cosmos, The Privileged Planet explores a startling connection between our capacity to survive and our ability to observe and understand the universe. A connection that points directly to the work of a creative mind and plan.
This extraordinary documentary will be a focal point in the escalating debate between evolution and design.
Featuring the voice talents of John Rhys-Davies ( Lord of the Rings )
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Outstanding computer animations. Some of the best Ive ever seen. I am a cell biologist and I want to congratulate you. --Marvin J. Fritzler, Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Calgary<br \><br \>It's as good as anything Ive seen on NOVA. The program is a delightful presentation that will be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. --Edward T. Peltzer III, Ph.D., Ocean Chemist<br \><br \>It is tremendous! I really enjoyed it. --Bijan Nemati, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA<br \><br \>It's as good as anything Ive seen on NOVA. The program is a delightful presentation that will be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. --Edward T. Peltzer III, Ph.D., Ocean Chemist<br \><br \>It is tremendous! I really enjoyed it. --Bijan Nemati, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
It's as good as anything Ive seen on NOVA. The program is a delightful presentation that will be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. --Edward T. Peltzer III, Ph.D., Ocean Chemist
It is tremendous! I really enjoyed it. --Bijan Nemati, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Director : Lad Allen
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour
- Release date : September 29, 2010
- Actors : John Rhys-Davies
- Producers : Lad Allen
- Studio : Illustra Media
- ASIN : B0002E34C0
- Writers : Lad Allen
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Why are there numerous factors that make life possible upon Earth and why is Earth the best place for scientific discovery, are two questions that the presentation attempts to answer. I would say that those interviewed do a very good job of providing answers. The Privileged Planet is very thought-provoking and the thoughtful viewer will likely want to watch it many times. There is a great deal of good material here.
We often hear from the naturalists/philosophers that the earth and life on it are mere products of chance. Also, we hear that life must have appeared very easily in other parts of the universe. All a planet needs is water and there is going to be life. We hear also that Earth occupies no special place in the universe. The viewer will find much in The Privileged Planet that indeed challenges these oft-heard notions.
The cinemetography is amazing; anyone who loves astronomy will find much here that is amazing to watch including a full solar eclipse over India; and not only are their great pictures of astronomical objects, there are excellent animations of probes making their way through our solar system and a rover doing exploratory research on Mars.
The film's content is not just for the specialist but for the general public as well. There is food for thought here for everyone. Questions are asked that philosophers, scientists, and the ordinary person have been asking for centuries: is planet earth a product of chance or was it created for a purpose? The viewer is left to make up his/her own mind.
I especially liked the quote from Copernicus: The mechanism of the universe, wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.... One speaker interviewed commented that this was not a conclusion of Copernicus's but an assumption. For me the quote from Copernicus gives the answer to the reason why Earth is so well-suited to life and is an ideal place to conduct scientific discovery.
A very enjoyable and informative presentation.
Beautifully filmed, logical, filled with facts I hadn't known about what it takes to make a planet where life can exist. The author's thesis is further that the same conditions that make life possible also make possible scientific study of the sun and the universe. Only perhaps 1 in a trillion trillion potential planets would have these properties!
In fact, everywhere we look in nature, the evolution model fails to produce evidence of NON-design, which ought to cause us to conclude that there has to be a Designer. This particular video concerns astronomy and cosmology, but the pattern exists in biology, geology, paleontology, history, archaeology, and their subdivisions. [...]
It's interesting that Guillermo Gonzalez, the astronomer who authored the book from which the video was made (The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery) -- was denied tenure at Iowa State U strictly because the authorities don't agree with his viewpoint! Do you believe in freedom of thought? Iowa State doesn't! And neither do many other publicly-funded schools!
This one is a "must see!"