I’ve also updated my original post where you can see them all.
These episodes run 30 minutes each, and counting 69 through 6 seasons. A mixed-and-cut, 10 minute version of the episode on the Bible is available on YouTube:
I can’t say that I really loved the series. I found them a little bit boring – I rented two DVDs from Netflix and by the end of the first one I’d had enough. There’s too much comedy in it for me, and too little facts.
But there’s something about magicians (which is what Penn & Teller started as, at least partially) becoming debunkers. The one that stands out of them all is, of course, the great James Randi, the man who I passionately admire, who used to put up his own money against paranormal claims. Randi deserves a separate post (and not one!), but amongst other famous magician debunkers I can list Harri Houdini and Joe Nickell.
I think the reason is simple. Magicians deceive the public while the public is aware it’s being deceived, and that’s what makes the experience so astounding. Psychics, fortune tellers and other charlatans use pretty much the same tricks and techniques, but mislead the public into believing they’re genuine. That outrages fair magicians as they often do the job much better but yet never claim paranormal abilities.
(to be objective, I must add that not all psychics are charlatans – a good chunk are delusional, true believers in their own “powers”, even after it’s been demonstrated in controlled experiments they don’t possess any)
Since I posted Zeitgeist, the Movie here and admitted I kinda liked it, I feel obligated to include the sequel. Zeitgeist: Addendum was released (also free of charge to all) in 2008, and this one, too, got the Best Feature Activist Spirit Award.
But I would rather disagree. In the first part of the movie, the process of money creation is described in detail. The second part is basically a long interview with John Perkins who wrote Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – a wildly controversial and criticized book. And it goes downhill from there. Then The Venus Project is described, as a possible solution to all humanity’s troubles.
The Venus Project is basically a utopia, a society where all energy problems are solved with geothermal energy, there’s no money since energy is abundant. They call it “resource based society”. I fail to see how it’s different from communist utopia, with no money or markets/buying/selling so avidly described by some Soviet science fiction writers. Supposedly, if it wasn’t for corrupt oil companies, financiers and politicians, we all could live in such heaven, since we already have the technology to build it.
I got interested in this Venus Project. I surfed their website in search of answers. How are they going to distribute resources however big they are? What about geothermal power disadvantages? Its net energy? They claim there’ll be no crime – what about latest findings of cognitive science on the nature of violence? Well, as I suspected: nothing. The whole website looks like a pretty glossy paper advertisement brochure. Looks like a fine futurology/design experiment, nothing serious. How can you put it in a documentary? And talk about it as a “solution”?
I’ve always been wary of conspirologists, and the more I live the “warier” I become. Here’s the video:
I watched 30 minutes of Kent Hovind, and found 82 lies or false statements.
Many videos debunking Kent Hovind exist on YouTube. I felt that it’s pointless to make YET ANOTHER commentary video with details about Kent’s lies… it’s been done, and if you still believe Kent’s bullshit, search YouTube and you’ll have hours and hours of debunking to watch.
Instead, I wanted to make a quick video (without commentary) that moves quickly, and shows just how often Kent lies… and it’s fucking hilarious!!! I hope you laugh as much as I did making it!
Yes, he repeats his lies, and I counted them. Yes, some of the lies are not obvious, but they are lies, and if you have a question about a specific lie just ask and I’ll answer it for you. Some of the lies are just humor, but technically still lies (like when he claims his Creation Museum is the best place on earth).
Very funny. 🙂 And disturbing. 😐
But wait, there’s more! This little contest got a very recent development, as VenomFangXD (not to be confused with VenomFangX!) posted a reply video on November 8th counting 102 lies in under 42 minutes. I like this one even better, though they’re both funny:
Welcome to Amerika. Where this, I am told, is offensive…
…but this isn’t.
Let’s see. The top billboard is simply a message from a group of unbelievers reaching out to other unbelievers who may feel they’re alone, isolated in a hostile religious culture. The bottom billboard, on the other hand, is making very curt and rather bullying demands on me. It asserts the existence of this being, God, then it quotes him as claiming to have some entitlement over me, because he supposedly gave his son, and so, like, aren’t I just some ungrateful so-and-so if I don’t acknowledge this fantastic deal (which I never asked for in the first place) and decide it’s in my best interests to “have” this God guy as part of my life.
AronRa is another prominent YouTube anti-creationism activist, along with DonExodus2 and Thunderf00t. In this video series, he exposes “13 Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism”. His videos are very informational, and filled with facts. They’re not as funny as Thunderf00t’s, but much more systemic in going over creationists’ fraudulent claims step by step.
I’ve been long inspired by YouTube’s potential – this is a perfect example of a very educational, full-length popular science documentary, created by just one person. And it’s better so far than anything I’ve seen on the topic by PBS, CNN or any other mainstream production studio.
Oh, I wanted to do this for a long time! Behold, the collection of the most moronic clips “disproving” the evolution and “proving” the existence of God. Most of these actually aired on national television. Be aware that however hard it might be to believe, this people are SERIOUS! As far as I can tell, the term “atheist’s nightmare” was coined by Rat Comfort in a famous video (the first in this list) in which he, along with Kirk Cameron, “proves” the existence of a Creator by analyzing a domesticated banana. Later though, the term became adopted by atheists and evolutionists to label exceptionally stupid attempts at attacking science. These videos are hilarious. It’s a hallmark of stupidity, ignorance, and religious dogma.
The Banana is the ultimate (and the original) Atheist’s Nightmare! Do not be mistaken – Kirk’s is not laughing at Ray’s cretinism, it’s a supportive smile. 🙂
This is a video commentary on Ray & Kirk performance, and among other things it also shows an image of a wild banana, the one that was domesticated several thousands years ago:
But guess what, evolutionary biologists found the evasive Crocoduck and filmed it in its natural habitat:
I won’t even comment on this, ’cause I don’t want to spoil it for you, it’s so hilarious. You just gotta see it.
Of course, the parodies on YouTube were inevitable. I especially liked this one (you can rewind to the point where he actually opens the jar, it’s at 1:20):
This one is nice, too (you can rewind to 0:25):