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13 YouTube Documentaries For Atheists To Watch On Christmas

Here’s thirteen littles somethings for all you godless heathens to enjoy for free on YouTube after your third “A Christmas Story” viewing of the day. posted on

Dangerous Knowledge

The story of our brilliant mathematicians whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide. [freeonlinedocumentary]
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Hell’s Angel

A 1994 Channel 4 television documentary about Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens, a precursor to his book, The Missionary Position. The film claims that she urged the poor to accept their fate, while the rich are portrayed as being favored by God. Hitchens also probes her campaigns against contraception and abortion and her questionable relationships with right-wing political leaders. [wikipedia]
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The Century Of The Self

An award winning documentary that focuses on how Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have thought about,‭ dealt with, and controlled ‬people. [imdb]
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Jesus Camp

The feverish spectacle of a summer camp for evangelical Christian kids is the focus of this fascinating if sometimes alarming documentary. (Shortly after its release, the movie gained a new notoriety when Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who appears near the end of the film, resigned his post amid a male prostitute’s allegations of drug use and sexual misconduct.) [topdocumentaryfilms]
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Human, All Too Human – Beyond Good and Evil (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Human, All Too Human is a three-part 1999 documentary television series produced by the BBC. The first episode is titled Beyond Good and Evil, which is about Friedrich Nietzsche and his gradual shift from religion, to nihilism, and finally to insanity. His sister presented the National Socialists (Nazis) with heavily modified versions[citation needed] of Nietzsche’s writings that were interpreted as a pro-Nazi agenda; to advance the superior race of the Übermensch, the “superman”, the perfect Aryan. [wikipedia]

Human, All Too Human – The Road to Freedom (Jean-Paul Sartre)

The final episode in this series, “The Road to Freedom”, describes the life of the French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre. This is when the term existentialism begins to enter the realm of philosophy. The documentary shows that Sartre believes it is up to each individual human being to give his or her own life a meaning and a purpose. [Communique]
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Chariots Of The Gods

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter Island, etc. and the fact that these things and modern civilization could have been influenced by extra-terrestrial visitations hundreds(or perhaps thousands) of years ago.[Humberto Amador]
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The Secret You

The Secret You, a documentary by BBC that explores the answers to the most mystical question we often find asking ourselves : Who are we? Where does our self-awareness come from? This documentary gives us a deeper, more scientific understanding of our consciousness. [psychedelicjunction]
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The Big Bang Machine

Professor Brian Cox visits Geneva to take a look around Cern’s Large Hadron Collider before this vast, 27km long machine is sealed off and a simulation experiment begins to try and create the conditions that existed just a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. [science documentaries]
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The Truth About Christmas Carols

There could be nothing more sweet and sentimental than the sound of traditional carols performed by a velvet-voiced choir at Christmas. Or so you would think. Composer Howard Goodall uncovers the surprising and often secret history of the Christmas carol. [RosesOfTime]
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Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens

In this two-hour special, NOVA celebrates the story of the father of modern science and his struggle to get Church authorities to accept the truth of his astonishing discoveries. The program is based on Dava Sobel’s bestselling book, Galileo’s Daughter, which reveals a new side to the famously stubborn scientist—that his closest confidante was his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun. [pbs]
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The Virus Of Faith

In “The Virus of Faith”, Richard Dawkins opines that the moral framework of religions is warped, and argues against the religious indoctrination of children. The title of this episode comes from The Selfish Gene, in which Dawkins discussed the concept of memes. [wikipedia]
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Crass: There Is No Authority But Yourself

A Dutch film documenting the history of anarchist punk band Crass. The ‘anarcho-punk’ band Crass never compromised, was very political and never had faked some sort of appearance. [google]

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