“I watched it last night for the fifth or sixth time and was, again, simply overwhelmed. The message is so powerful and so beautiful and so convincing that only the most closed mind would not be moved.”

—Joseph Renick, Aeronautical Engineer

The Privileged Planet

The Search for Purpose in the Universe

Many scientists and philosophers have claimed that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift, without purpose or significance, in a vast cosmic sea. Yet current astronomical evidence seems to suggest just the opposite.  We now know that a rare and finely-tuned array of factors makes Earth suitable for complex life.

Through stunning computer animation, interviews with leading scientists, and spectacular images of Earth and the cosmos The Privileged Planet explores a startling connection between our capacity to survive and our ability to observe and understand the universe. Is this correlation merely a coincidence? Or does it point to a deeper truth about purpose and intelligent design within the cosmos?

Narrated by John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings).