‘The Unbelievers’ officially debuted for worldwide rental, purchase, and download June 3rd, 2014.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the film or are unaware of its significance, it’s a documentary which follows renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins across three continents to speak about the weight of scientific illiteracy amidst our global society, with religious fundamentalism as the predominant catalyst for willful ignorance, subsequently posing drastic and noticeably harmful affects on the health, safety, education, sustainability and longevity of our society and our culture.
The website describes the film quite simply when stating the film addresses the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.
Why should you see this film? Because right now, in the 21st century, there’s still a heavy presence of ignorance amongst our society, perpetuated by willful disregard to the world as it actually is with the driver being religion. Frankly, our cognitive ability to reason and solve problems is under threat. The internet and global access to information has been the intellectual fulcrum working on changing the tides of social trepidation and skepticism, with freedom of inquiry pushing back on our culture’s long held
beliefs misconceptions for all to see.
Science and skepticism, when applied to religion, make people uneasy. Change itself is never easy. However, Ricky Gervais states in the film:
“That’s the point about beliefs - they don’t change the facts. Facts - if you’re rational - should change your beliefs.”
And in that single statement, is what ‘The Unbelievers’ is all about. Watch the trailer, visit the site, and whether you rent or purchase, view this film.
Although I have my justified moments of cynicism and pessimism about the human condition and the current lack of intellectual progress, this film is an uplifting reminder that the only constant is change, and as it’s been said, it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. We’re living in an extraordinary time in human history, and I’m proud to be somewhat near the forefront of this wonderful paradigm shift along our pursuit for truth.
As always, stay curious.