This is the new way I’m going to comment on the documentaries I’ve watched…

December 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm (video research archive)

I’m constantly watching new ones, I download them from YouTube and watch them on vlc player. There’s little point in me linking each section of each one to my blog as well. If you guys want to watch them, that’s great; I’ll give you the names of each one I’ve watched. I’ve been taking notes of each new thing I learn from each one and will upload them as a pdf after this list  if anyone wants to read that. These notes are now photocopied and stuck up on my book notes wall in my house to help me figure out the specific topics I want to discuss in my book so they’ve been of great use to me.

Below are the list of documentaries I’ve watched and taken notes from to date:

1) Aftermath – Population Zero

2) Human Instinct – Natural born heroes

3) Through the Wormhole – Is there a creator?

4) Secret life of your bodyclock

5) Stone Age Apocalypse

6) The Human family tree

7) The real neanderthal man

8) Through the wormhole – Can we live forever?

9) Through the wormhole – What are we really made of?

10) Is there life after death?

11) Why we believe in Gods

12) The human face

13) Phages, the virus that cures

14) The future of life on earth

15) The day I died

16) Do you want to live forever?

17) The brain –  a secret history

18) Why reading matters

19) Don’t grow old

20)Through the wormhole – what happened before the beginning?

21) From big bang to man

22) Neanderthal – Planet of the apemen

23)Playing God

24) Einstein’s equation of life and death

25) Drain the Ocean

26) Reality and the extended mind

27) The amber time machine

28) Is it real? Super human powers

29) National geographic – extraordinary humans

30) Pleasure and pain


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‘How does your memory work?’…fantastic documentary

November 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm (video research archive)

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I forgot I’d watched these!

November 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm (video research archive)

Evolution – The Evolutionary Arms Race

Evolution – Great Transformations

Evolution – Extinction

Evolution – The mind’s big bang

Evolution – Learning and teaching evolution

Evolution – Why sex?

Evolution – What about God?

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The link – Uncovering our earliest ancestor. BBC documentary

November 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm (video research archive)

Have we found it? Watch and find out…I’ll be uploading notes on this when I’ve researched a few of its topics a bit further.

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Nim Chimpsky – The first chimp taught to use sign language

November 9, 2011 at 11:50 am (video research archive)

Nim Chimpsky  was a chimpanzee who was the subject of an extended study of animal language acquisition at Columbia University, led by Herbert S. Terrace.

Chimpsky was given his name as a pun on Noam Chomsky, the foremost theorist of human language structure and generative grammar at the time, who held that humans were “wired” to develop language.

Project Nim was an attempt to go further. Terrace and his colleagues aimed to use more rigorous experimental techniques, and the intellectual discipline of the experimental analysis of behavior, so that the linguistic abilities of the apes could be put on a more secure footing.

Roger Fouts wrote: “Since 98.7% of the DNA in humans and chimps is identical, some scientists (but not Noam Chomsky) believed that a chimp raised in a human family, and using ASL (American Sign Language), would shed light on the way language is acquired and used by humans. Project Nim, headed by behavioral psychologist Herbert Terrace at Columbia University, was conceived in the early 1970s as a challenge to Chomsky’s thesis that only humans have language.

Attention was particularly focused on Nim’s ability to make different responses to different sequences of signs and to emit different sequences in order to communicate different meanings.

While Nim did learn 125 signs, Terrace concluded that he hadn’t acquired anything the researchers were prepared to designate worthy of the name “language” (as defined by Noam Chomsky) although he had learned to repeat his trainers’ signs in appropriate contexts.

Project Nim, a documentary by James Marsh about the Nim study, explores the story (and the wealth of archival footage) to consider ethical issues, the emotional experiences of the trainers and the chimpanzee, and the deeper issues the experiment raised. This documentary, (produced by BBC Films, Red Box Films, and Passion Films) opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.The film was released in theaters on July 8, 2011 by Roadside Attractions.

When Terrace ended the experiment, Nim was transferred to a research lab in Oklahoma and then to a pharmaceutical animal testing laboratory managed by NYU. After efforts to free him, Nim was purchased by the Black Beauty Ranch, operated by The Fund for Animals, the group led by Cleveland Amory, in Texas. Nim died at the age of 26 from a heart attack.


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The metamorphosis of a Monarch butterfly…fascinating!

November 9, 2011 at 11:11 am (video research archive)

I’ve always been fascinated by this magnificent change…but why does it happen? Why can’t it stay as a caterpillar? Why isn’t it born as a butterfly?

When the egg finally hatches, most of you would expect for a butterfly to emerge, right?  Well, not exactly.  In the butterfly’s life cycle, there are four stages and this is only the second stage.  Butterfly larvae are actually what we call caterpillars. Caterpillars do not stay in this stage for very long and mostly, in this stage all they do is eat.

When the egg hatches, the caterpillar will start his work and eat the leaf they were born onto. This is really important because the mother butterfly needs to lay her eggs on the type of leaf the caterpillar will eat – each caterpillar type likes only certain types of leaves. Since they are tiny and can not travel to a new plant, the caterpillar needs to hatch on the kind of leaf it wants to eat.

Caterpillars need to eat and eat so they can grow quickly. When a caterpillar is born, they are extremely small. When they start eating, they instantly start growing and expanding.  Their exoskeleton (skin) does not stretch or grow, so they grow by “molting” (sheding the outgrown skin) several times while it grows.

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Ape to man series…amazing!

November 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm (video research archive)

I’ve learned some mind blowing stuff from this!  I’ll post my notes beneath these videos when I’ve watched it all











1) It’s estimated that there were 300,000 generations from our common ancestor with the apes to get to the present generation…me and you.

2) The Neanderthal man was just 3,000 generations behind us

3) ‘Java man’ fossil discovered. one to one and a half million years old. He was a homo erectus. At this point, hair was disappearing from their bodies sweat glands were developing, less need to pant, opening for language

4) Leg bone found along with this skull. It has been broken but had healed. This suggested that homo erectus lived in tribes and helped each other out…worked together.

5) Harnessing of fire..this was a huge step towards our evolution. No other animal had ever done this since.

6) 1920’s discovered skull of baby ape-man skull in rock…taung child

7) Lucy a fossilised skeleton in Ethiopia

8) Aferenis…first ape man to walk upright. He was before erectus.

9) Neanderthal dna…different human species to us…what does that mean? That there were two branches of human species?

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Oliver the Humanzee…this documentary will really make you think!

November 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm (video research archive)

I was in shock the first time I laid eyes on a picture of Oliver, it’s fascinating! I want to find the answers on why he looks and acts the way he does.

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Great debate between a religious guy and Richard Dawkins!

October 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm (video research archive)

This is why science can answers the questions of our origin. Richard Dawkins speaks with confidence because he has mountains of research and study behind him. How can religions say they know how the world came about from one book? And that isn’t exactly a book that was written as a whole, signed by god and handed down to us. Religious people need to accept the facts that are staring straight at us and re-evaluate their view of the bible.

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This is amazing…an untouched human tribe in the amazonia!

October 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm (video research archive)

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