If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Dawn of Man

The rectangular object was not necessary, but this was a great opening to a great movie, and the music was powerful.

There was a small population of human ancestors who had what it took to survive a drought in ancient Africa. This movie showed what might have happened. Whatever the details are, the drought probably helped in the development of our larger brains.

The primitive apes in the movie remind me of 21st century Muslims for some reason.

The must-see video is at http://vimeo.com/4176485 and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML1OZCHixR0.

The incredible music, set your volume to full blast: Also sprach Zarathustra~Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Tone Poem by Richard Strauss (the introduction fanfare "Sunrise")

From wikipedia:

The Dawn of Man

The match-cut spanning four million years[21]
A tribe of herbivorous early humans is foraging for food in the African desert. A leopard kills one member, and another tribe of man-apes drives them from their water hole. Defeated, they sleep overnight in a small exposed rock crater, and awake to find a black monolith has appeared in front of them. They approach it shrieking and jumping, and eventually touch it cautiously. Soon after, one of the man-apes (Daniel Richter) realizes how to use a bone as both a tool and a weapon, which they start using to kill prey for their food. Growing increasingly capable and assertive, they reclaim control of the water hole from the other tribe by killing its leader. Triumphant, the tribe's leader throws his weapon-tool into the air as the scene shifts (via match cut) from the falling bone to an orbital satellite millions[22] of years in the future.

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