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For anyone who hasn’t seen this yet…

Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.

You can read some opinions on this announcement here and here.

FORA.tv – Niall Ferguson

The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the WestHistorian Niall Ferguson examines the conflicts of the First World War to the Cold War and how they influenced the twentieth century. He argues that globalization, wealth, and technological breakthroughs led to much of the violence, genocide and fanaticism of the twentieth century.

The talk was hosted by the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. and includes a question and answer session.Niall Ferguson is the author of several books including Paper and Iron, The Cash Nexus, and The Pity of War. He currently is a history professor at Harvard University, Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a contributor to the Financial Times and the New York Times.

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FORA.tv – Land of the Believers: Evangelical America

Gina Welch talks about In the Land of the Believers: A Journey to the Heart of Evangelical America. Welch, a young secular Jew from Berkeley, joined Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. Over the course of nearly two years, Welch immersed herself in the life of the devout: she learned to interpret the world like an evangelical.

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Islam and Science

(Mirrored) Islam is so wonderful and sciency and peaceful.

Rather than answer the points in the video some Muslims choose to attempt censorship. I guess the never heard of the Streisand effect?

Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good in the World?

This is the recent Intelligence Squared Debate which featured Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry arguing against the motion and Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdencombe MP arguing for.

I am of course biased but I think Hitchens & Fry won easily.

Special Investigation – Atheist Alert

Special Investigation – Atheist Alert

Democralogue – The Blasphemy Debate: In Their Own Words

This is an entry for the Darklight ‘Democracy and Dialogue’ viral video competition 2009.

All of the lines spoken by the actors are direct quotes from the politicians involved in the blasphemy debate, going back to Eamon DeValera in 1937.

Written, Directed, Edited and Narrated by: Baz Grant
Yvonne Usher as: David Norriss, Ciaran Cuffe,
Angelica Grant as: Dermot Ahern, Micheal Martin, Charles J Haughey, Eamon DeValera
Sound by: Fuzzy Dunlop

All footage, stills, sound effects and music are from the public domain.