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Everything and Nothing (BBC Documentary)

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to these questions as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the amazing science behind apparent nothingness.

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Anatomy of a Revolution (Aljazeera – Documentary)

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

After decades of royal rule millions of Iranians took to the streets in a popular movement against a regime that was seen as brutal, corrupt and illegitimate. Revolutionary forces, under the leadership of Grand Ayatollah Khomeini, forced the Shah of Iran into exile. His government was overthrown and replaced by a new Islamic order. The Islamic revolution put Iran on a new path – one that brought it to war with its neighbour and ongoing conflict with the West. Anatomy of a Revolution tells this story.

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How Earth Made Us (BBC Documentary)

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history.

1. Water

2. Deep Earth

3. Wind

4. Fire

5. Human Planet

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Dangerous Knowledge (BBC Documentary)

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

In this documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians – Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing – whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.

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Evolution (PBS Documentary)

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Evolution is a seven episode 2001 documentary series by the American broadcaster PBS and WGBH on evolutionary biology.

Part 1: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Part 2: Great Transformations

Part 3: Extinction

Part 4: The Evolutionary Arms Race

Part 5: Why Sex?

Part 6: The Mind’s Big Bang

Part 7: What About God?

The Power of Nightmares (BBC Documentary)

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, is a BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis.

The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservativemovement in the United States and the radical Islamistmovement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.

Part 1: Baby it’s cold outside

The first part of the series explains the origin ofIslamism and Neo-Conservatism.


Part 2: The Phantom Victory

In the second episode, Islamist factions, rapidly falling under the more radical influence of Zawahiri and his rich Saudi acolyte Osama bin Laden, join the Neo-Conservative-influenced Reagan Administration to combat the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

Part 3: The Shadows in the Cave

The final episode addresses the actual rise of al-Qaeda. Curtis argues that, after their failed revolutions, bin Laden and Zawahiri had little or no popular support, let alone a serious complex organisation of terrorists, and were dependent upon independent operatives to carry out their new call for jihad.


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The Great Global Warming Swindle

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

he Great Global Warming Swindle is a polemical documentary film that suggests that the scientific opinion on climate change is influenced by funding and political factors, and questions whether scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming exists.

The film’s basic premise is that the current scientific opinion on the anthropogenic causes of global warming has numerous scientific flaws, and that vested monetary interests in the scientific establishment and the media discourage the public and the scientific community from acknowledging or even debating this. The film asserts that the publicised scientific consensus is the product of a “global warming activist industry” driven by a desire for research funding. Other culprits, according to the film, are Western environmentalists promoting expensive solar and wind power over cheap fossil fuels in Africa, resulting in African countries being held back from industrialising.

The film won best documentary at the 2007 Io Isabella International Film Week.

Secular Believers

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as ‘religious’. This program provides an introduction to a fascinating range of non-religious people and their beliefs.

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The Ape That Took Over The World (BBC Documentary)

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

In 2001, scientists announced an amazing discovery: the oldest skull of a human ancestor ever found. The 3,5 million year old fossil was remarkably complete, and unlike any previous fossil find. Its discovery – by a team led by Meave Leakey of the famous Leakey fossil-hunting family – has revolutionised our understanding of how humans evolved.

Copenhagen Fall Out (BBC Documentary)

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Copenhagen Fall Out – Niels Bohr & Werner Heisenberg.

Inspired by the actual events that have intrigued and baffled historians for more than 50 years, Copenhagen revolves around a 1941 meeting between two brilliant physicists, Niels Bohr of Denmark (Stephen Rea) and Germany’s Werner Heisenberg (Daniel Craig); long-time friends whose work together had opened the way to the atomic bomb, but who were now on opposite sides of World War II. Heisenberg made a covert trip to see Bohr and his wife Margrethe (Francesca Annis) in Copenhagen, but the meeting ended in disaster. Copenhagen explores Heisenberg’s visit to Denmark and what happened during the pivotal meeting that was to become a defining moment of the nuclear age.