Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Through the Wormhole (2010)

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole series tries to find answers for essential questions about our existence and the universe, and brings together the experts from different fields.

It's nice to listen some nonbeliever scientists but most of the time it is brought into question "well-balanced universe" but I think this only helps to boost teleological argument. And I hate to see this ridiculous "God helmet" thing in science documentaries. I don't understand how can this prove God?


Episode 1 - Is there a Creator?

Episode 2 - The Riddle of Black Holes

Episode 3 - Is Time Travel Possible?

Episode 4- What Happened Before the Beginning?

Episode 5 - How Did We Get Here?

Episode 6 - Are We Alone?

Episode 7 - What Are We Really Made of?

Episode 8 - Beyond the Darkness?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Foreskin Follies

Who said male circumcision is for health issues?

Michael Shermer - The Mind of the Market

Michael Shermer discusses his book The Mind of the Market and argues there is an evolutionary basis for economic theory.

I found it among my old files. Enjoy!

Also watch: Richard Dawkins Interviews Business Analyst Eric Beinhocker

File Name ..........: Michael Shermer, The Mind of the Market - Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 701,39 MB
Video Length .......: 01:06:07

Friday, October 22, 2010

Evolution in 5 Minutes

Evolution in action with 300 soundtrack.

Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People - Joan Roughgarden

"An entrancing tale of sexual ambiguity in animals and people, but also that rarest of literary beasts--a science book written from the heart."
—Steve Jones, author of Darwin's Ghost

This brilliant and accessible work of biological criticism has the potential to revolutionize the way readers conceive of gender and sexuality in the natural world. Roughgarden, a professor of biology at Stanford University and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, argues that the diversity of gender and sexuality one finds in many species suggests that evolutionary biologists of a strictly Darwinian bent are often misguided, since, according to Roughgarden, they erroneously assume a universally applicable gender binary in all species. Amazon

File size: 3 MB
Format: pdf

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ - D.M. Murdock

"I loved this book. It is absolutely superb in every way, from the eloquence of the writing to the integrity of the scholarship. This book should be required reading in every American classroom... You should therefore make this book priority reading even over The God Delusion, God is Not Great and other excellent."
—David Mills, Atheist Universe

Was Jesus Christ truly the divine Son of God who walked the earth 2,000 years ago? How can we be sure the gospel story is an accurate and infallibly recorded historical account? When the gospels are examined scientifically, can we truthfully uphold them as "inerrant?" Is it possible to assert honestly and ethically that the Bible is the inspired Word of God? The answers to these questions and many more may surprise and shock you!

This fascinating "CSI-style" investigation by controversial historian D.M. Murdock aka "Acharya S" includes quotes from Christian authorities, apologists and evangelists, as well as New Testament scholars. Using the Bible itself, as well as the research of these individuals and others, Murdock demonstrates that what you see is not what you get when it comes to Christ and Christianity. Amazon

File size: 4 MB
Format: pdf (2007) + epub/mobi (2011 Rev.Ed.)

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Natural Selection & Beyond - Charles H. Smith

This rich collection of writings by more than twenty historians and scientists reviews and reflects on the work that made Wallace a famous man in his own time, and a figure of extraordinary influence and continuing interest today. Amazon

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

File size: 4.92 MB

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

BBC Horizon - What Happened Before the Big Bang? (2010)

Some scientists believe that the Big Bang is a flawed concept and this brings to mind questions like why was the universe as big as it is now, who made it expand and what caused this explosion? Maybe the Big Bang wasn't a beginning at all, it was the end of something else. Horizon presents us extraordinary ideas of theoretical physicists such as Michio Kaku.

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Total Size (MB) ....: 746,02 MB
Video Length .......: 00:58:39


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sam Harris on The Daily Show

Sam Harris talks about his latest book The Moral Landscape.

Broadcasted October 4, 2010.

[Watch online - US Only]

File size: 175 MB

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values - Sam Harris (Audiobook + E-book)

"Beautifully written as they were (the elegance of his prose is a distilled blend of honesty and clarity) there was little in Sam Harris's previous books that couldn't have been written by any of his fellow 'horsemen' of the 'new atheism'. This book is different, though every bit as readable as the other two. I was one of those who had unthinkingly bought into the hectoring myth that science can say nothing about morals. To my surprise, The Moral Landscape has changed all that for me. It should change it for philosophers too. Philosophers of mind have already discovered that they can't duck the study of neuroscience, and the best of them have raised their game as a result. Sam Harris shows that the same should be true of moral philosophers, and it will turn their world exhilaratingly upside down. As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris."
Richard Dawkins

Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious faith. It is also the primary reason why so many secularists and religious moderates feel obligated to "respect" the hardened superstitions of their more devout neighbors.In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape." Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of "morality"; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible. Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false—and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation. Amazon

Also watch: Sam Harris on The Daily Show

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi]

[Audiobook - 376 MB]

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Friday, October 1, 2010

BBC - Vatican: The Hidden World (2010)

Welcome to the most secure place (there are more men in black rather than Swiss Guards to protect the Pope) in the world: The Vatican. For the first time, BBC crew enter this holy stronghold and show the daily life in the Vatican (Ratzinger watches the news every day and visits our blog in his spare times), also reveal some archives hidden in the libraries including the signed testimony of Galileo recorded by the Inquisition and Edith Stein's letter urging Pope Pius XI to speak out against Nazi persecution of the Jews. But the letter never answered.

File Name ..........: Vatican.The.Hidden.World.WS.PDTV.XviD-FTP.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 549 MB
Video Length .......: 00:58:53

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