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:
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Tom Roberts ...
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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
Kevin R. Grazier ...
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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5 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der privilegierte Planet  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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Shiny and deceptive
12 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the record I am a university science student (biology) so my views are clear- This movie is based on an Intelligent Design book of the same name (and thus is entirely separate from legitimate scientific films). Check the sources (authors of the book for starters). The fields Richards studied were Philosophy and Theology. Each is a member of the Discovery Institute, which is a Christian think tank, and its purpose is well know just by observing its web presence.

"How our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery."

Regardless of your opinions, for as much as opinion matters in science, don't fool yourself into thinking the purpose here is anything but indoctrination and anti-evolution. If you agree with ID then you'll probably love this movie. If you have an interest in seeing something based on science you might like the films made by PBS such as Evolution, information is easy enough to find with a search engine.

Essentially know what you're watching. Want pretty pictures, selective sound bites, and some misleading 'facts' then have at this film. If you wish to gain some understanding of what we've learned about the universe around us look elsewhere.

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