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Unlocking the Mystery of Life (2003)

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Credited cast:
Ed Ragozzino ...
Narrator (voice)
Fred Pattle ...
Additional Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Behe ...
William Dembski ...
Himself - Mathematician
Phillip E. Johnson ...
Himself - Author (as Phillip Johnson)
Dean Kenyon ...
Himself - Professor of Biology
Jed Macosko ...
Himself - Molecular Biologist
Stephen C. Meyer ...
Himself - Philosopher of Science
Scott Minnich ...
Himself - Molecular Biologist
Paul Nelson ...
Himself - Author
Jonathan Wells ...
Himself - Author


Unlocking the Mystery of Life represents a unique programming opportunity for local stations. Its broadcast release coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history-James Watson and Francis Crick's discovery that the DNA molecule carries hereditary information in the form of a code that many scientists have likened to computer software or a written language. This discovery (announced on April 25,1953) sparked a scientific revolution. But it also left a fundamental question unanswered. Where did the information in DNA come from? How did the software in the cell arise? Unlocking the Mystery of Life explores these questions through the stories of a growing number of scientists who no longer believe that natural selection or chemistry, alone, can explain life's origin. Instead, they think that the microscopic world of the cell provides evidence of purpose and design in nature. Written by Anonymous

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Is life on Earth the product of purely undirected processes like time, chance and natural selection? Or, can the origin and diversity of living organisms be traced to an intelligent cause? Unlocking the Mystery of Life explores these timeless questions and presents compelling evidence to support an idea that could revolutionize scientific thought - the theory of intelligent design.







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Stephen C. Myer: Like other scientists working on the origin of life, Kenyon realized he had two choices, either he had to explain where these genetic assembly instructions came from, or he had to explain how proteins could have arisen directly from amino acids, without DNA, in the primordial oceans. And in the end he realized he could do neither.
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Dreadful propaganda, an embarrassment and unconstitutional!
20 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As a genuine student of science and a high school teacher, I feel that this video is not only an abomination for even being considered to be listed in the same category as a science text - but it is also the sort of dangerous propaganda that resulted in the Scopes trial and the recent Dover, Pa. case. Nonsense like "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" is intolerable in the face of efforts to educate young people towards historical let alone scientific progress.

The mis-representation of Darwin is laughable; the selection of easily-debunked theories are not only able to be countered by anyone with access to online documents on his work but also the weight of millions of texts in the sciences. Fossils, fossils, fossils!

Probably the only possible use (beyond a coaster for a glass!) this glossy smarm has is to be shown as a teaching tool in legal studies classes as misrepresentation of facts! Behe was quite effectively shown as completely wrong in the documentary "The Root of All Evil" and I'd suggest that as a better text for people studying the claims of intelligent design rather than spend a cent on this product.

Intelligent design is narrow-minded religious indoctrination in new packaging. It was rightfully thrown out by the government of the USA and when Illustra Media insultingly produces inaccurate trash like this "pseudo-documentary" (akin to the hilariously illogical and New Age UFO cult-produced "What the Bleep..."), they are promoting poor standards of critical thinking and potentially making a child's understanding of science a laughing-stock when they attend classes in any state.

Do your sons and daughter's future a favor - encourage accurate and investigative attitudes towards the real world by showing them ACTUAL science documentaries like Sagan's "Cosmos", "Walking with Dinosaurs", "The Living Planet" and other series by David Attenborough - leave religious belief for the religious education forums, whatever you may choose that to involve.

Certainly adults have NO right to mis-educate the next generation by touting this absurd farce of pseudo-science in the science classroom, as aptly demonstrated by the Snopes and Dover trials. A voice of opposition was _indeed_ heard in those cases and rightfully shot down as unconstitutional. Let this stance for justice be maintained by refusing "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" any of your precious viewing time.

My only regret is that I cannot give this polished piece of excretion zero stars, as I would if I could.

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