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Brief History of Disbelief 

A mini-series which follows the history of atheism.
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Bernard Hill ...  Himself - Readings 3 episodes, 2004
Jonathan Miller Jonathan Miller ...  Himself - Presenter 3 episodes, 2004
Richard Dawkins ...  Himself - Biologist 2 episodes, 2004
Colin McGinn Colin McGinn ...  Himself - Philosopher 2 episodes, 2004
Simon Schaffer Simon Schaffer ...  Himself - Historian 2 episodes, 2004
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A mini-series which follows the history of atheism.

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BBC Four [UK]

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11 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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Ateísmo - A Breve História da Descrença See more »

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Followed by The Atheism Tapes (2004) See more »

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If you don't wish your beliefs to be challenged then don't watch this kind of show.
12 December 2007 | by ignaziaSee all my reviews

Dr. Jonathan Miller has been a long-time favourite of mine since his "Fringe" days and his breadth of academic knowledge and plain life experience continues to astound me. He has qualifications not only in medicine but also in the arts - for a full bio I suggest a visit to his entry in Wikipedia. Quite an exceptional person.

In this 3-part program Dr. Miller presents a logical and eminently interesting train of thought about basic beliefs and how people in positions of power have used the general populace's need for mental direction as a method of control. This is most obvious with regard to most religious practices. To those of us who have long questioned the established modes of religion this comes as a breath of fresh air. To be sure Dr. Miller's relaxed manner and soporific vocal tones can cause one to drift into a dream-like state but the facts are presented calmly and without confrontation for us to ponder.

I can't help but notice that this show has been twice broadcast during the tiny hours of the morning - hidden away unless you look for it. I am currently watching a repeat showing on PBS/KCTS (Wednesday 1.30 PST). Catch it if you wish to peek out of your paradigm..


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