Item description for The Privileged Planet by Illustra Media...
Overview Today, most scientists and philosophers claim that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift, without purpose or significance, in a vast cosmic sea. This idea popularized by the late astronomer, Carl Sagan is an outgrowth of the naturalistic philosophy that has dominated science for the past 150 years. Yet remarkable evidence unveiled by contemporary astronomy and physics-may now tell a very different story. Building upon the overwhelming success of Unlocking the Mystery of Life (widely acclaimed as the most effective refutation of Darwinian theory, ever produced). Randolf Productions and Illustra Media proudly present the Privileged Planet. Additional Information Applying itself to that most fundamental question of philosophy--what is the meaning and purpose of life on Earth--this documentary explores the evidence for intelligent design in the universe. Our planet and the life it sustains is shown to be a unique orchestration of time, matter, and our precise placement within the solar system. This gives rise to the best conditions for scientific discovery, pointing to a deeper truth about a cognizant creator. Positing the hypothesis that humanity's capacity for survival and it's correlative power of observation are proof of the existence of a creative designer, THE PRIVILEGED PLANET shows Earth as not a product of random processes but the end result of a set of finely-tuned factors. The documentary uses astonishing images of Earth and its universe, augmented with breathtaking computer animation and interviews with leading thinkers and scientists who work with these questions, in its refutation of the naturalistic philosophy that has prevailed in science for the last 150 years.
Community Description Applying itself to that most fundamental question of philosophy--what is the meaning and purpose of life on Earth--this documentary explores the evidence for intelligent design in the universe. Our planet and the life it sustains is shown to be a unique orchestration of time, matter, and our precise placement within the solar system. This gives rise to the best conditions for scientific discovery, pointing to a deeper truth about a cognizant creator.
Positing the hypothesis that humanity's capacity for survival and it's correlative power of observation are proof of the existence of a creative designer, THE PRIVILEGED PLANET shows Earth as not a product of random processes but the end result of a set of finely-tuned factors.
The documentary uses astonishing images of Earth and its universe, augmented with breathtaking computer animation and interviews with leading thinkers and scientists who work with these questions, in its refutation of the naturalistic philosophy that has prevailed in science for the last 150 years.
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Actors: Illustra Media
Directors: Lad Allen
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 0
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Illustra Media
Running Time: 58.00 minutes
Record Label Illustra Media
Format Closed-captioned / Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.46" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher RANDOLF PRODUCTIONS
ISBN 0012281964 ISBN13 9780012281963 UPC 804671207498
Reviews - What do customers think about Privileged Planet?
The Privileged Planet Mar 24, 2007
The Priviledged Planet DVD was excellent! It just confirmed my beleifs that all we see around us was designed by the creator. There are simply to many complex systems in place from the microscopic, to the vast and wonderful universe, for it to all have occured simply by chance.
I bought 9 copies Mar 14, 2007
I was so impressed with the first copy I bought, I ordered 8 more to share with friends.
The Privileged Planet Mar 8, 2007
loved the dvd very well presented. Only one problem, mine was a faulty copy, some of the questions where listed but not avaiable and too far away to return it.
equally in awe Mar 4, 2007
Copernicus, we are told early in this presentation of an earth that is uniquely and improbably endowed to support complex life, thought the impossible.
It is a notion that is gripping many cosmologists, physicists, and the like in our time. Predictably for the advance of human knowledge, any robust questioning of received wisdom provokes defensive and emotional reaction. Students of the intellectual movement called Intelligent Design (its detractors consider it a religious rather than a scientific enterprise) have grown accustomed to disproportionate responses, an observation that is born out by a quick scan of the reviews of this DVD on this site.
Yet the questions raised here are real. They merit a reasonable response, either by way of affirmation, rebuttal, or at the very least the admission that the queries posed here merit further investigation.
Though this reviewer is deeply sympathetic to the presentation here, one must admit that an overwrought narrative voice (John Rhys-Davies) and mysterious soundtrack do not advocate the argument before its skeptics. Yet the photographic images surely drop the jaw of the most religious and the most atheistic of viewers in honest astonishment. Perhaps *here* is modest common ground, waiting to serve all parties as home turf.
After all, as one of the interviewees reminds us, when faced with the uniqueness or not of the solar system we know, 'either answer is interesting'.
The PRIVILEGED PLANET argument assumes that the basic laws of physics as we have come to know them are active and presupposable throughout the universe. Once established, this methodological assumption permits inspection of other planets we know something about in order to discern whether the factors that permit life here are detectable there. One must investigate not only the *number* of other test cases that are out there, but also the presence or active of the life-cultivating factors that make life possible here on earth.
These factors, currently estimated to number about twenty, nclude:
-liquid water -a terrestial planet with plate tectonic activity -an oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere -a large moon that stabilizes the earth's orbit at a convenient angle -a circumstellar habitable zone that depends upon a certain kind of star -shielding from major collisions
The argument is that such a combination of factors is highly unlikely to appear in conjunction anywhere, and certainly more than the one time we know about.
Proponents of Intelligent Design calculate that our planet is 'rare in the universe'. It is quite another move to venture religious conjectures based upon such rarity. Such a conjecture can be abbreviated as 'the question of significance'. Here the title of the DVD comes into play. It asserts that our planet is not only 'rare', but also fortunate, favored, or 'privileged'. That is, did a mind arrange this improbable convergence of factors? Is there something more to be detected than a 'cosmic lottery'?
The Discovery Institute mounts a cumulative and incremental argument that suggests correlations unlikely to occur other than by some intelligent design. Even our ability to observe the universe aligns with the habitable nature of the earth in that both appear to be unique to our solitary planet.
Not only astrophysicists and cosmologists ought to exercise the capacity to admit puzzlement and awe before these questions. Philosophers of science are just as inevitably drawn in, particularly when one considers the discoverability and intelligibility of the universe vis-à-vis observers.
These arguments, placed upon table in the public arena, do not require a religious answer. However it behooves honest observes to join the question of how the universe as we know it came to be and then to ask whether we can know why?
The postulation of a mind is perhaps not the only plausible answer to these conundra. Yet if such a postulate explains the data more coherently and more economically than any other, what will we do then?
It seems fair to ask.
No Wonder Evolutionists Hate This DVD Feb 24, 2007
and call people who find it compelling as "non thinking." Their reaction just convinces me more than ever that evolutionary thinking is a religion of its own and adherents close out possibilities that do not support their theology. The evidence presented in this DVD could be just as correct as any other theory, for belief in either takes a measure of faith. This point of view is more believable. In my opinion, the evidence gathered and presented in this DVD has a more logical progression to a conclusion than the leaps over the gaps we are expected to take with evolutionism.