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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Charles Beichman ...
Himself - NASA Terrestrial Planet Finder
Donald Brownlee ...
Himself - NASA Stardust Mission
Robin Collins ...
Himself - Messiah College
Dennis Danielson ...
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Paul Davies ...
Himself - Australian Centre for Astrobiology
Guillermo Gonzalez ...
Himself - Astrobiologist Iowa State University
Kevin R. Grazier ...
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Robert Jastrow ...
Himself - Former Director Mt. Wilson Observatory
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Himself - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jay Richards ...
Himself - Philosopher Discovery Institute
Seth Shostak ...
Himself - Senior Astronomer SETI Institute
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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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Great perspective on Earth's uniqueness
19 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film does a nice job of providing evidence that the Earth/Universe is not necessarily a random accident. The whole point of this DVD (and others like it) is to provide alternate viewpoints for people who believe that everything we experience and see in life is the result of accident and blind forces. It presents that perspective in a very non-offensive (to people who tend to react negatively to this type of thing) way. You are allowed to draw your own conclusions.

The authors clearly believe in Intelligent Design. The question for anyone watching is "Based on what I've seen, is it possible that perspective is true, or at least has some merit." If so, you should go on to examine other, similar DVDs (check out Lee Strobel). For full disclosure, I do believe in Intelligent Design (after reading about the matter for a couple of years). I think it takes a lot more 'faith' to believe that all the universe and life is the result of 'accidents' that have odds so impossibly remote, you'd never accept them if it were a different subject. I highly recommend this.


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