Thursday, February 25, 2010

Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)

Agora (2009)

Director Alejandro Amenábar had shown his talent in his very first movie, and now he proves his genius again. Agora is a magnificent, astounding cinematic masterpiece made me speechless. How Christians beautifully portrayed in cinema, Amenábar overturns this false image, takes revenge for Library of Alexandria, which sheltered the cultural heritage of man for hundred years, burned down by Christians (or any other religious people to the context) and honors Hypatia, who I called Carl Sagan of the Hellenes. I salute Amenábar for his courage.

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Subtitles: English, Spanish


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

BBC - Generation Jihad (3 of 3)

Britian faces a clear and unprecedented terrorist threat unlike we faced before. In Britain's small muslim communities, there is a small minority who support violent Jihad. The government is spending 140 million pounds a year in a new strategy aimed for preventing new extremism. Peter Taylor investigates what Britain is doing to counter that threat.

Aired February 22, 2010 on BBC Two.

Other episodes: [1] [2]

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Total Size (MB) ....: 466,97 MB
Video Length .......: 00:58:33

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

NASA Voyager Recordings - Symphonies Of The Planets

The 5 volumes of recordings are created from original Voyager recordings using the instruments on the probes to translate the vibrations come from different sources such as planetary magnetosphere, radio waves bouncing off the planets, interplanetary magnetic fields.

Symphonies of the Planets offers a unique experience and haunting soundscape you can hardly reject.

File size: 212 MB | Format: MP3 | Bitrate: 192 kbps

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Monday, February 22, 2010


Good point!

Stoning to Death

A stoning scene from the movie called The Kite Runner. The event occurs in the present-day Afghanistan.

Bill Maher - But I'm Not Wrong

At the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Bill Maher talks Obama, religion and other hot topics for this one hour stand-up show.

Aired February 14, 2010 on HBO.

Some hilarious moments from the show:

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Slimed the Movie

I've got an email from the creators of Slimed the Movie. They call it an atheist action/comedy flick and share the complete movie with us.

Slimed tells the story of an angry atheist park ranger and a bumbling bible salesman who are forced to join hands in an epic battle against an evil corporation, who may or may not be responsible for a mysterious wave of killer toxic slime invading the forest.

It's been a proudly DIY feature, with tons of visual effects, an original score and some truly bizarre humor.

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Facts of Evolution

Six part video series in one pack which presents easily understandable information on evolution from Cassiopeia Project. They are free for use, and you may copy, give-away or reproduce without restriction for any educational usage.

Related to: Our Origins Made Easy

File size: 880 MB


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DarwinTunes - Evolving Music

DarwinTunes is a unique experiment which is based on cultural evolution process and produces computer generated music mimicking natural selection. Here is the result after 550 generations.

You can be participant on DarwinTunes and help to breed the new generations. (Oh, this is really amazing!!! I loved the loop 3 very much. It's hard to believe that it was generated by a silicon-based machine.) Don't miss this opportunity:

Facebook group:

Prof Armand Leroi and Dr Bob MacCallum, the two masterminds behind the DarwinTunes:

Intelligent Design Is Still A Lie!

BBC - Generation Jihad (2 of 3)

There a generation of angry young Muslims. Some willing to justify violence, others willing to carries out. Indoctrinated over the internet by Al-Qaeda propaganda, recruited into terrorist cells, anonymous in chat rooms, hidden behind the instant messaging, unprecedented threat to us all. Peter Taylor investigates how young Muslims use their internet expertise to recruit young jihadis.

Aired February 15, 2010 on BBC Two.

Other episodes: [1] [3]

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Total Size (MB) ....: 466,99 MB
Video Length .......: 00:59:04

The Simpsons - Lisa the Skeptic

A great episode called Lisa the Skeptic from season 9. Lisa tries to prevent the construction of a shopping mall and they allow her to do an archaeological excavation on the construction site for rare specimens. During the dig, Lisa discovers a human skeleton with wings. Everyone calls it as an angel.

Lisa once again advocates science and confronts religious mania! First she visits Stephen Jay Gould to prove everybody is wrong.

Also watch: The Simpsons - Creationism vs. Evolution

BBC Horizon - Parallel Universes

Scientists believe that our universe is a part of the multiverse which contains infinite number of parallel universes. Other universes have different laws of physics and everything can be possible beyond the wildest imagination of a science fiction writer.

Aired February 14, 2002 on BBC Two.

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Video Length .......: 00:44:36


Sunday, February 14, 2010

BBC Horizon - To Infinity and Beyond

What is the biggest number? Is the universe infinite? How did the universe begin? Might every event repeat again and again and again and again... Is the Earth just one of uncountable copies, tumbling through an unending void? Your intuition is no use here. Faith alone can't save you.

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Video Length .......: 00:59:10


Friday, February 12, 2010

Darwin! - L'evoluzione

A beautiful and charming song by the Italian progressive rock band, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.

Thanks to Hellspirit who helped to translate those fascinating lyrics into English:

Try, try to think a little different
Nothing was manufactured by great gods
But the Creation created itself
Cells, fibres, energy and heat.
Spins inside a cloud the Earth
Swollen in warmth it stretches its limbs.
Ah the mother is ready, she will give birth
Already she arches her womb
She wants a child and she will have it
Son of soil and electricity.
Grey layers of lava and coral
Humid and colourless skies
Here: the World is breathing
Mosses and lichens, green sponges of soil
Are the greenhouse of the sprout that will come.

The sea vomits shapeless beings
Pushed out in clots on putrid shores
The land hosts the muddy herds
Crawling they pass on their likes
And the time will change the flabby bodies
Into shapes useful to survive.
A wretched sun dissolves the green
Among young ferns loaded of spores
And free sounds move in circle
Acoustic spirals in the virgin air.
And I stupid still believe
Who tells me that flesh is dust.

And if in the fossil of an atavistic skull
I rediscover shapes that are similar to me
Then Adam can't anymore exist
And only seven days are few to create
And now tell me if my genesis
was of other men or Quadrumana

Adam is dead by now and my genesis
is not of men but Quadrumana.

High, making arabesques a halcyon
Squeaks over the gorses and the sea
Now the sun knows whom to warm.

PS Aargh, the last part is not included in the clip. The full song is here.

Enjoy the Day!

The Cambridge Companion to Darwin - Jonathan Hodge, Gregory Radick

"If you are a would-be member of the Darwin Industry you must read this book."

This volume provides the reader with clear, lively and balanced introductions to the most recent scholarship on Darwin and his intellectual legacies. A distinguished team of contributors examines Darwin’s main scientific ideas and their development; Darwin’s science in the context of its times; the influence of Darwinian thought in recent philosophical, social and religious debate; and the importance of Darwinian thought for the future of naturalist philosophy. New readers will find this a most convenient and accessible guide to Darwin. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Darwin. From the product description

File size: 2 MB
Format: pdf

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Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1860-1870 - Frederick Burkhardt

". . . this is a fascinating insight into Darwin's life as he first directly addresses the issues of humanity's place in nature, and the consequences of his ideas for religious belief...The only text of its kind to contain the actual letters written to and by Darwin makes this a unique piece of enjoyable read for anyone interested in Darwin"
Southeastern Naturalist

Charles Darwin is a towering figure in the history of science, who changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. With a Foreword by Sir David Attenborough, this is a fascinating insight into Darwin’s life as he first directly addressed the issues of humanity's place in nature, and the consequences of his ideas for religious belief. Incorporating previously unpublished material, this volume includes letters written by Darwin, and also those written to him by friends and scientific colleagues world-wide, by critics who tried to stamp out his ideas, and admirers who helped them to spread. From the product description

File size: 2 MB
Format: pdf

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Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1825-1859 - Frederick Burkhardt

"This book should be viewed as an intense drama of a particular kind, and in an honored genre." Stephen J. Gould

Charles Darwin changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. This fascinating selection of letters, offers a glimpse of his daily experiences, scientific observations, personal concerns and friendships. Beginning with a charming set of letters at the age of twelve, through his university years in Edinburgh and Cambridge up to the publication of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species in 1859, these letters chart one of the most exciting periods of Darwin's life, including the voyage of the Beagle and subsequent studies which led him to develop his theory of natural selection. Darwin's vivid writing style enables the reader to see the world through his own eyes, as he matures from grubby schoolboy in Shropshire to one of the most controversial thinkers of modern times. Amazon

Related to: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1860-1870

File size: 10 MB


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Charles Darwin's Shorter Publications, 1829-1883 - John van Wyhe

Charles Darwin's words first appeared in print as a student at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1829, and in almost every subsequent year of his life he published essays, articles, letters to editors, or other brief works. These shorter publications contain a wealth of valuable material. They represent an important part of the Darwin visible to the Victorian public, alongside his ever present sense of humor, and reveal an even wider variety of his scientific interests and abilities, which continued to his final days. This book brings together all known shorter publications and printed items Darwin wrote during his lifetime, including his first and his last publications, and the first publication, with A. R. Wallace, of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. With over seventy newly discovered items, the book is fully edited and annotated, and contains original illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography. Amazon

File size: 5 MB
Format: pdf

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Richard Dawkins Reads The Voyage of the Beagle - Charles Darwin

The Voyage of the Beagle is the name commonly given to the book written by Charles Darwin and published in 1839 as his Journal and Remarks. It refers to the second survey expedition of the ship HMS Beagle, which set sail from Plymouth Sound on December 27, 1831 under the command of captain Robert FitzRoy. Professor Richard Dawkins' clear narration style coupled with his knowledge and appreciation of the subject adds greatly to the experience. Amazon

Also watch: The Voyage of Charles Darwin

File size: 364 MB
Format: MP3, 151 kbps/Abridged

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In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace - Michael Shermer

Wallace is nearly unknown today, but he was revered as one of the preeminent naturalists of the Victorian age. Accorded the rank of "codiscoverer" of the theory of natural selection (ranking second only to Charles Darwin), Wallace spent twice as much time as Darwin collecting specimens during ocean voyages and in remote jungles. What he didn't do was devote years formulating his observations into evolutionary theory; instead, he started with the theory of natural selection and then set about finding the data to prove it. It was his initial draft that spurred Darwin to publish, without further delay, his first paper outlining the theory of evolution. This new biography details the distinct differences in their viewpoints of natural selection. Despite Wallace's tremendous intellect and contributions to science, his foray into and support of spiritualism, seances, and phrenology tarnished his credibility and standing. Shermer is founding publisher and editor in chief of Skeptic magazine, the author of several popular science books, and considered an authority on the heretical personality. His expertise in analyzing the life and paradoxical beliefs of this complex man elevate "the last great Victorian" to a position of prominence as one of the significant leaders in modern science. Amazon

Happy Darwin Day!

File size: 8 MB
Format: pdf

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BBC - Generation Jihad (1 of 3)

For Generation Jihad series, Peter Taylor has worked for a year investigating who these young Muslim extremists are and how they become radicalized and tracked their networks around the world. He clarifies how teenagers were recruited via the internet and finds out why some of Britian's young extremists are prepared to support violance against their fellow citizens.

Aired February 8, 2010 on BBC Two.

Other episodes: [2] [3]

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Total Size (MB) ....: 467,32 MB
Video Length .......: 00:59:03

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos - Roger Lewin

"Put together one of the world's best science writers with one of the universe's most fascinating subjects and you are bound to produce a wonderful book. . . . The subject of complexity is vital and controversial. This book is important and beautifully done."
Stephen Jay Gould

Complexity has its roots in the work of many scientists from several disciplines and has only very recently, with the establishment of an institute in Santa Fe dedicated to its study, begun to come into focus as an analytical theory. Lewin's book is written as a kind of scientific travelog; he goes from the San Juan Basin of New Mexico to rural southwest England to the rain forests of Costa Rica in order to interview some of the key figures of complexity, whose independent works have contributed to the development of what could become a unified theory of the life sciences. Amazon

File size: 18 MB
Format: pdf

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Nine Miles Down (2009)

Nine Miles Down is a horror movie (the first on the blog) which brings fresh ideas into the genre. It follows the same tradition of The Thing or Silent Hill: isolation, delusions, fear of the unknown... But this movie breaks with the tradition with a unique twist. So my explanation is limited here because every word will spoil the movie. Well, I can only say that that one is based on gynophobia and saves the rational thought differs from the ordinary and brainless horror movies. Although the acting is not brilliant, I can easily say it's one of the most underrated movies of 2009, including religious references and a bit of dark humor.

Watch that scene, it will give you an idea:

WARNING: Contains some spoilers!

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Total Size (MB) ....: 699,04 MB
Video Length .......: 01:22:45


WARNING: The movie contains intense blood and gore, also some nudity.

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Judgment Day - Intelligent Design on Trial (2008)

"Judgment Day is just the sort of thoughtful programming that celebrates how sensible people - faithful and otherwise - can use science and reason to combat fundamentalism."
—Adam Rutherford, Nature

This award winning, two-hour special NOVA documentary discusses the teaching of intelligent design in public school classrooms, focusing on the case of Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District. The documentary also features dramatization of the trial, interviews with the witnesses, the judge and lawyers, including views from the expert scientists.


File size: 1.36 gb

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell

Few philosophers have had a more profound influence on the course of modern philosophy than Bertrand Russell. The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell is a comprehensive anthology of Russell’s most definitive essays written between 1903 and 1959. First published in 1961, this remarkable collection is a testament to a philosopher whom many consider to be one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. This is an essential introduction to the brilliance of Bertrand Russell. Amazon

Including the essays "A Free Man's Worship", "The Essence of Religion", "What is an Agnostic?", "Why I am not a Christian", "Can Religion Cure Our Troubles" etc.

Related to: Collected Works and Essays of Bertrand Russell

File size: 2.77 MB

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Richard Dimbleby Lecture: Shaking Hands with Death - Terry Pratchett

The author of bestselling Discworld series, Sir Terry Pratchett who was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease, gives the 34th Richard Dimbleby Lecture from the Royal College of Physicians in London, facing his disease and the death taboo.

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File size: 1.11 GB

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