Since Copernicus’ revolution, science has tended to grant less and less significance to both the earth and human life when weighed against the age and immensity of the cosmos. Not only doesn’t the sun revolve around us, it turns out that our world is merely a speck floating in a dark backwater of one galaxy among one hundred billion others. And man, Darwin and his followers tell us, is a cosmic accident; the result of matter plus time plus chance.
But a new revolution has been quietly taking place. Science is discovering more and more evidence for design and intentionality in the universe. And among the most fascinating of these discoveries is what has been called The Anthropic Principle: the idea that the universe appears to have been carefully engineered in order to produce carbon-based life forms and, yes, even man.
In this fascinating documentary produced by the BBC, eight world-renowned scientists grapple with the science and implications of this principle and conclude that Shakespeare may well have been right: There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy.
This 50 minute program features:
Dr. Paul Davies, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Newcastle University
Dr. John Wheeler, Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. David Deutsch, Professor of Physics, Oxford University
Dr. Dennis Sciama, Professor of Astrophysics, Cambridge University
Dr. Frank Tipler, Professor of Mathematical Physics, Tulane University
Dr. Martin Rees, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University
Dr. Michael Redhead, Professor of Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University
Dr. Brandon Carter, Professor, Paris Observatory
Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
Region: Region Free (will play everywhere)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: approximately 50 minutes
Anthropic Principle: Scientists Admit a Cosmological Design (DVD):
- Item Price: $12.95
- Listed On: April 04, 2012