The History of Disbelief - Part I

Please note: Typical meeting format: First 1/2 hour is social time; Next 1 1/4 hour is the actual meeting program etc.; last 15 minutes is cleanup! For our March meeting we will view the first episode of A Brief History of Disbelief – a 2004 television documentary series written and presented by Jonathan Miller for the BBC and tracing the history of, well, disbelief. It was first shown in the U.S. on PBS in 2007, but due to the reluctance of some of PBS’s normal sponsors did not received universal coverage. The series includes extracts from interviews with various academic luminaries including Arthur Miller, Richard Dawkins, Steve Weinberg, Colin McGinn, Denys Turner, Pascal Boyer and Daniel Dennett. The series also includes many quotations from the works of atheists, agnostics and deists, all read by Bernard Hill. The program features a percussion score by Evelyn Glennie, wherein the main themes are Paul Smadbeck's "Rhythm Song" and Keiko Abe's "Mi-Chi" (from Rhythm Song, 1990). Other tracks are "Shadow Behind the Iron Sun," "The Council," "First Contact," "Warrior's Chant" and "Wind Horse" (from Shadow Behind the Iron Sun, 1999). he series in the U.S. was underwritten by the Center for Inquiry, the American Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association, the Institute for Humanist Studies and the HKH Foundation (Harold K. Hochschild Foundation). It consists of three 60-minute episodes: "Shadows of Doubt" "Noughts and Crosses" "The Final Hour" We will be viewing “Shadows of Doubt” and, depending on response, expect to view the other two episodes later in the year. After the viewing there will be a discussion period hosted by Scott Lohman.

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  • Nathan C.

    Excellent video and good discussion afterward

    March 20, 2010

  • Don E

    I definitely want to view the whole series, it provides some interest historical nuances.

    March 20, 2010

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