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The Privileged Planet (2004)

Video  |   |  Documentary  |  5 October 2004 (USA)
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This 60-minute video documentary explores the conditions on Earth that allow for intelligent life and also make it a strangely well suited place for viewing and analyzing the universe.



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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Tom Roberts ...
Additional Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Beichman ...
Himself - NASA Terrestrial Planet Finder
Donald Brownlee ...
Himself - NASA Stardust Mission
Robin Collins ...
Himself - Messiah College
Dennis Danielson ...
Paul Davies ...
Himself - Australian Centre for Astrobiology
Guillermo Gonzalez ...
Himself - Astrobiologist Iowa State University
Himself (as Dr. Kevin R. Grazier)
Robert Jastrow ...
Himself - Former Director Mt. Wilson Observatory
Bijan Nemati ...
Himself - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jay Richards ...
Himself - Philosopher Discovery Institute
Seth Shostak ...
Himself - Senior Astronomer SETI Institute


Utilizing stunning computer animation as well as the visual archives of NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope Institute, the European Space Agency, and other leading observatories throughout the world, The Privileged Planet presents a spectacular view of our planet, our galaxy, and the entire universe, and shows us that not only is the Earth perfectly suited for intelligent life, but that the Earth is in the perfect location in the galaxy for man to make scientific discoveries. Written by Charles J. Petrosky

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The Search For Purpose In The Universe





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Misleading, pseudo-scientific rubbish
28 December 2010 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Pretty cinematography and impressive-looking interviews mask what is, at its heart, typical intelligent design propaganda. The main premise, that the fact that conditions on Earth allowed life to form is too unlikely to have occurred by chance, is simply wrong. Life evolved on Earth BECAUSE the conditions were good. Organic molecule abound in the universe, but its only here that they were able to gain a foothold and eventually evolve into humans. Specious reasoning is not a good basis for a documentary that purports to be scientific. Next, let's examine the two men primarily responsible for the film's content. Jay Richards does indeed hold a PhD, but it's in theology. He has no science degree. It's in Wikipedia. Look him up. Guillermo Gonzalez was denied tenure at Iowa State for his support of intelligent design. Not exactly neutral scientific opinions, are they? Other comments are cherry-picked to support the ID hypothesis, and some scientific information is presented in a misleading fashion. For example, the film states that the portion of the electro magnetic spectrum we call "visible light" is only a tiny portion of the overall spectrum, and its miraculously situated where we can see it! No mention is made of animals that can see outside the human visible light spectrum, nor is it said that if humans were able to see, say, in the ultraviolet, that we would call THAT "visible light" and the current visible spectrum something else. And again, visible light is useful to life on Earth BECAUSE we evolved to use it. Organisms that use other types of waves wouldn't last long on Earth. I could go on, but there's only so much room to refute all the deliberate misinformation in this film.

Pleas, do yourself a favor and watch a REAL documentary on the origins of life. Real scientists don't need to make excuses or misinform. The truth is out there.

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