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  1. #1 Any inspiring Scientists/Documentaries/Debates out there? 
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    Hey folks,

    Can anyone recommend any Scientists, Philosophers, Theists/Atheists etc or TV Science programs\chat shows\debates to look up on YouTube(or the like) that you found personally interesting or even inspiring?

    I’m particularly looking for stuff accessible for people like myself who are not scientists. I get most of my material from the UK so I’m hoping you can share me with some American stuff also.


    My own UK Examples below:
    ‘Horizon’
    Scientific documentary that appears on BBC over the years that usually focuses on scientific frontiers like Quantum mechanics, SETI/Life on other planets, Higgs collider, and will probably be on again about the Curiosity rover on Mars.

    Professor Brian Cox :
    Probably the most famous physicist in the UK. He explains away our understanding of the universe in a very accessible and concise way, geared towards non-scientists/laymen (like myself!). He’s brill.

    Derren Brown (Magician, basically): He did a good educational documentary called ‘Derren Brown Investigates: The Man Who Contacts the Dead’ exposing a psychic charlatan as a fake by showing how he can do the same tricks but better job at it.

    The only American I’ve started watching clips on YouTube is a Physicist Professor Neil Degrasse Tyson:
    Very enthusiastic on the idea on intelligent life outside our sol system.

    For debates I also watch the American phone in show The Atheist Experience on youtube. I find how they debate and break down the callers argument for Intelligent Design (Or other hypothesises) an education.

    So if you know anyone you’d think I’d be interested in, please throw me a name or program. Basically general scientific frontier stuff I like.

    Ta.


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    I'm interested in Nikolas Tesla at the minute.... he was a great man who put always tried to use his intelligence for the benefit of the common people.


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    Online you can't go past Potholer54's youtube channel. Peter Hadfield is an experienced science journalist who works mainly on debunking creationists - but does a good job of presenting good science in the process. A couple of sideline series on climate change and on science and the media. potholer54 - YouTube

    For other presenters, you can't go past Dr Iain Stewart. My personal favourites would be How Earth Made Us and How To Grow A Planet.

    You could also spend a few happy hours looking through TED online for science, philosophy and related speakers.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
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    Thanks, that’s what I’m talking about. Some good clips go with it and all. Cheers for that!
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    If you like history, then anything from Dan Cruickshank.
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

    Bertrand Russell
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisgorlitz View Post
    If you like history, then anything from Dan Cruickshank.
    he isn't even a scientist is he? he's into art and architecture... what inspiring about him? just out of interest
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    Freeman Dyson is a intriguing man, also might I suggest you do some research on people avowedly Apathiest.

    With bravery and recognition that we are harbingers of our destiny and with a paragon of virtue.
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