Jahnna really enjoys science based movies so she was excited when we were selected to review Privileged Species. Privileged Species was produced by the Discovery Institute and is 33 minutes long. It was made to answer the question of whether or not we are here by accident or if the universe was created to support human life. It goes on to discuss what makes earth unique for human life carbon, water and oxygen. Michael Denton is a geneticist and author who discusses how is work with genes and retinal blindness support the theory that we are not here by chance. The video is narrated by Andres Williams. The DVD includes a preview of Darwin’s Doubt and a trailer for Privileged Planet. It is available to purchase for $9.99
Jahnna and I watched the DVD together all though at 11 years old and in sixth grade she could have easily watched this on her own and had no problem understanding it or following along. The movie is very informative and requires some concentration if you want to get as much out of it as you can.
Some of the areas the video covers are how life starts with carbon, water is the ideal solvent to disperse minerals, all forms of complex life require oxygen, and photosynthesis supports life by having oxygen as a by product. The video goes on to cover why humans have unique qualities that place us higher in the hierarchy of animals. There are many other instances pointed out but I’ll leave it to the DVD to explain it all for you.
Jahnna loved this video. She kept saying it was beautifully done. I kind of thought it was a funny way to express what she thought but she later clarified that she really enjoyed the pictures and the scenery. It got her thinking about why we are here and what a miraculous place earth is when you really stop to think about it. For me this definitely has the feel of a documentary but not it a bad way. It is engaging enough that Riley wants to watch the entire movie herself after listening to Jahnna talk about it. I figure if an eleven year old has enough interest and enthusiasm in it to get her eight year old sister interested in watching it that’s a pretty good show! There are lots of scientific words that younger children might not be able to follow along with but I think that with a little adult supervision they could get the general idea and learn from it. You can watch the trailer to see if this might be a good fit for your family. I’d love to hear what you think and if it’s something you think your family might enjoy.
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