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Advent 24 – The Consolation of Peace and Quiet

It’s day 24. Traditionally this is a double window, so you get two videos. First up is a clip for people who are not having a good Christmas. At the worst times, where can you find hope as an atheist? One answer is from the Christian philosopher Boethius who...

Advent 23 – Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan hasn’t had much of an influence on me. I’ve read and enjoyed Demon Haunted World, but I’ve never seen his television series. Science inspiration for me as a child was Magnus Pyke, David Attenborough and Tomorrow’s World (before the...

Advent 22 – Robin Ince on the top five dead scientists

The idea for the collection of videos as an advent calendar was inspired by Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People put together by Robin Ince. He’s one of the best comedians that draws inspiration from science because he joyfully uses it as a tool for...

Advent 21 – White Wine in the Sun

If there are going to be songs, then obviously Tim Minchin has to be singing one of them. I chose this because it’s a some that can make me feel homesick for a place I’ve never been. Share &...

Advent 19 – Falling in love with a parrot

Douglas Adams fell in love with the Kakapo, and it’s one of the creatures he talks about in this video from earlier in the advent calendar. If you haven’t watched that yet, you should. It’s long but well worth it. If you have seen it, this is what a...