The Privileged Planet

By Murray Bourne, 03 Nov 2005

The Privileged Planet

Illustra Media, 2004 (

It looked like it was going to be a promising title. From the cover:

"The same factors that make a planet like Earth suitable for life also provide the best conditions for scientific discovery."


"Does it point to a deeper truth about purpose and intelligent design within the cosmos?"

However, this movie turned out to be a poorly disguised attempt from the "Intelligent Design" right-wing group in the US to sway people away from Darwinian evolution. The "Reference Library" showed the true intention of this release - God created it all and in such a way that we could be scientists and see the stars and be able to figure it all out. Hmmm.

From Darwin's Dilemma:

For more than a century, Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection has defined biology. Yet today a growing number of scientists question its ability to account for the origin and diversity of life.

Hmmm again.

It is equally fantastic that we developed due to chance evolutionary events as that we developed because of some "divine blueprint".

And who supports Illustramedia? No details are given, except:

Illustra Media is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Our projects are funded by individual donors and foundations.
Please contact us for more information.

Yes, the same individual donors and foundations that gave us George Bush (who is an enthusiastic supporter of "intelligent design"), I strongly suspect. Nothing intelligent about the design of Bush's ideas for the world...

Intelligent design will go quiet after the next presidential election. I can't wait.

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