Monday, June 27, 2011

Reith 1991 - Steve Jones: The Language of the Genes

The BBC has published 60 years' worth of audio archive and transcripts of the Reith Lectures including the lectures of eminent scientists, philosophers and intellectuals.

Hereby I brought together six-part lecture of geneticist Steve Jones.

The Lectures:
1. A Message From Our Ancestors
Geneticist Dr Steve Jones delivers his first Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘The Language of the Genes’. He argues that while fossils and ancient myths preserve some limited truths about our origins, our genes hold a far more complete picture.

2. Change or Decay
Dr Steve Jones delivers his second Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘The Language of the Genes’. He explores the importance of mutation in the development of individuals and species and explains how mutation leads to diversity and change, some good, some bad.

3. In God's Image
Dr Steve Jones delivers his third Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘The Language of the Genes’. He explores the power and consequences of natural selection.

4. The Economics of Eden
Dr Steve Jones delivers his fourth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘The Language of the Genes’. He examines the correlation between genetic change and economic development and argues that social and economic changes produce many of the genetic patterns seen in the world today.

5. Cousins Under the Skin
Dr Steve Jones delivers his fifth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘The Language of the Genes’. He examines the limitations of biology in understanding human affairs and argues that the history of race illustrates more than anything else the way science can be used to support prejudice.

6. The Evolution of Utopia
Dr Steve Jones delivers his final Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘The Language of the Genes’. He examines the long history of genetic engineering and argues that humans may be at the end of their evolutionary road; as near to our biological utopia as we’re ever likely to get.

File size: 82 MB
Format: mp3

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Madman or Something Worse

A short documentary (they claimed that it is inspired by the work of Christopher Hitchens) which critically examines the ethics of Jesus Christ is available via Youtube since June 25th. I've joined the two clips into a single file to create a complete movie.

File size: 218 MB

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Ledge (Official Movie Trailer)

A thriller tells the struggle between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist may possibly become "Brokeback Mountain" of atheism. The launch date is July 8.

A clip from the film - "Fighting over God":

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Paul (2011)

Paul is an action-packed comedy featuring an alien (not wrong to call him an atheist) and two British sci-fi comic book nerds and it's full of religious satire! If you look at the IMDb board you can see many devoted Christians found that offensive and stupid. Believe me, it's a good sign for this film! (Just check the scene below to see what I mean.) That flick proves why the British humour is better than others: witty and hilarious! (one of the screenplay writers from Shaun of the Dead.)

A blasphemous scene from Paul: "Evolution baby!"

File Name ..........: Paul[2011]DvDrip[Eng]-FXG.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 699,67 MB
Video Length .......: 01:39:27


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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Michael Shermer - The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies

“Michael Shermer has long been one of our most committed champions of scientific thinking in the face of popular delusion. In The Believing Brain, he has written a wonderfully lucid, accessible, and wide-ranging account of the boundary between justified and unjustified belief. We have all fallen more deeply in his debt.”
Sam Harris

In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world's best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brains connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen, and these patterns become beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop of belief confirmation. Shermer outlines the numerous cognitive tools our brains engage to reinforce our beliefs as truths. Amazon

File size: 6.35 MB
Format: pdf/epub/mobi

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Friday, June 3, 2011

BBC - Everything and Nothing: Nothing

What is nothing? It is extremely difficult question to answer, because if you think about it, wherever you look around you, there always seems to be something there. This film tells the story of how we've begun to understand what is known as the void, or the vacuum. Today, our best theories about the cosmos tell us that at the beginning of time, the universe sprang from the vacuum. Creating not only vast amounts of matter, but also strange stuff, anti-matter. So this begs the question: Could be everything really created by nothing without a hand of a creator?

Other episode: BBC - Everything

Release Name: Everything.And.Nothing.S01E02.720p.HDTV.x264-FTP
Video Format      : X264 (MKV Container
Video Resolution  : 1280 X 720
Release Size      : 1493MB


BBC - Everything and Nothing: Everything

As in What is Reality? and To Infinity and Beyond, BBC is continuing to deal with the profound questions with a recent two-part series: Everything and Nothing.

In the first film Professor Al-Khalili tells the astonishing story of how we gazed upwards from our isolated and unremarkable vantage point and began to deduce the shape, size and origin of everything that there is. It's the story of how we came to understand reality at the largest scale. It's the story of everything.

Other episode: BBC - Nothing

File size: 1.45 GB

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