Saturday, 28 February 2009

Good Television

I'm really enjoying watching television at the moment [thanks to the purchasing of a PVR, oh joy, joy and more joy] in particular 'The Naked Archaeologist, Earth Story, Christianity: A History, Around the World in 80 Faiths, plus Being Human and Demons". I loved the way The Naked Archaeologist, Simcha Jacobovici, makes it all light hearted and asks the sort of questions I'd ask, and does not let the 'specialists' get away with with poor reasoning. See link below for info.
http://www.visiontv.ca/NakedArchaeologist/episodes.htm
Admitted it's not for the more academic dudes but it brings fun to the understanding of the first five books of Moses and how they fit in, or not, with archaeological findings.

Earth Story (1998) http://www.tvfactual.co.uk/earth_story.htm presented by Aubrey Manning is both riveting to watch and informative to boot. If only they shown science like this in my school days, too many years ago now, I might have been more keen to learn about fossils and plants, geology and palaeontology, not to mention astronomy and physics.

Christianity: A History http://www.channel4.com/programmes/christianity-a-history/episode-guide/series-1
Took a look at a historical aspect of Christianity from the personal perspectives of prominent people such as scientist Colin Blakemore (not Richard Dawkins for a change), Michael Portillo, Ann Widdecombe and war correspondent Rageh Omaar. What a breath of fresh air from programs such as the pathetic "Make me a Christian", which was done for all the wrong reasons. There was no real concept of faith and belief, just do and do not. That really would have worked for me - NOT. The arrogance and ignorance of the Spanish Inquisition comes to mind. Rant over.

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