Ancient Discoveries

Ancient Discoveries

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Ancient DiscoveriesAncient Discoveries is a documentary television series that focuses on ancient technologies. The show's theme is that many inventions which are thought to be modern have ancient roots or in some cases may have been lost and then reinvented.

Episodes of the regular series have expanded to cover other areas such as Egypt, China and East Asia, and the Islamic world. Ancient Discoveries was made for The History Channel by Wild Dream Films based in Cardiff in the UK. Much of the filming was done on location across the world.

The series uses contributions from archaeologists and other experts, footage of historical sites and artifacts, computer generated reconstructions and dramatized reconstructions along with experiments and tests on reconstructed artifacts.

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99 Comments / User Reviews

  1. blahblahblah

    it's a private video...grumble grumble grumble

  2. Jon

    Science and technology are possible because there is an eternal order where laws and principles operate. Men who acquire or are gifted with the power of observation discover creation or the mind of the Creator. Thus, nothing is really new that has not existed before. For man to progress in know how, he got to acknowledge what is already possible and existing.

    The Son cannot do anything on his own but only sees what the Eternal Father is doing fits science, which is after all cumulative knowledge of proven facts in search for the Truth.

    1. batvette

      One of the oldest inventions is a vehicle men use to BS people that they know how to please an alleged higher power and gain everlasting life. AKA religion.

    2. Jon

      Really? But human propensity to make believe continues. In the same way the world was made flat using social pressure that the Emperor got new clothes; The environmental movement insists that there is Anthropological Global Warming in order to force remote political controls over societies

    3. Jon

      I agree, but beliefs and enlightenment need not be a socio-political issue. Religions are mostly socio political, reason why they clash. Imagine Catholics divided against Orthodoxy, then Protestants within the Catholic Church... but they all share in a common belief system Sometimes knowing what they believe in and understanding what it is all about eases exploitation by people who create cults and movements centered on religion.

  3. Josh Ri-perz

    Ancient Discoveries is a great documentary. Re-creating history and getting your hands dirty (opposed to only reading) is what makes digging into the past such a great learning experience. I appreciate the effort they put into their historical research. And the use of computer technology is certainly beneficial.

  4. supermassivedec

    do not know who you were talking when you said read history books i used 2 luv history now i know its all made up there are only a handfull of people in the world who know our true history and thry dont write books

    1. Josh Ri-perz

      Try constructing some proper sentences first. Then you say only a handful - a bloody handful - don't know history. I guarantee more than a handful of people know that you're a complete *****.

    2. peruda hudson

      totally agree

  5. frabhunt

    Yes put it on the Front page, can't even watch it... wonderful waste of space

  6. mahonhouse

    wonderful anothe doc i cant watch awesome.

  7. wpsmithjr

    @Lolawonka, I think you're the one who "has it all wrong". Mainly because you're pissing and moaning about a comment that makes perfect sense... and your language and hatred over such an ordinary, sensible and benign comment makes you look a little nutso. Yes, throughout history there have always been only a few people, you could call them geniuses, who actually invent or do something that dramatically changes the world, and for the most part, the large majority of the people are just along for the ride... just like today.

    The only point I can get from YOUR rant is that maybe today we are worse off because our technology means nothing because we have become dependent on it. Sure, back before there was useful electricity, they were tougher and more independent... because they HAD to be. And yes, we could end up paying for our reliance on modern technology for survival... but to use foul language and hateful rhetoric because someone points out that a small percentage of people who are alive... past and present... actually make a difference in the world... well... you really need anger management courses.


    excellent series! highly recommend!

  9. Manish Kaushal

    I really enjoyed it. But only I can say all of these are re-invension, because I have seen 3000 Years old hydrolic design on bank of Ganga at Sringarepur, India. Even I have seen water clock in Patliputra, Bihar, India according to archilogist it is more then 4000Years old. I strongly agree acciant days and there inventions were great. And all these are re-study. And today we are studing the re-studing one... As I know Nalanda, Bihar, India was centre of education and invension before 4000Years. But tragdy all study burned to ground :(...

  10. kara k

    Poor Roman "My leg is broken, can I get an appointment with Dr. Galen?"

    Roman Medical Office "Do you have insurance?"

    Poor Roman "No, Dr. Galen is not listed in my HMO providers"

    Roman Medical Office "Sorry, but we can't treat you."

    Things never change.

  11. Joshua Samuel George Sweetman

    great doco! besides that goddamn eerie female song, that they seems to play hella lot!

  12. Jo McKay

    Enjoyed it all (took a week mind) :) well worth the review and some great new discoveries. Loved the 'green energy free' wind car of China, add a flexible solar blanket and small battery... hmm :) The weapons of war got a little tiresome, but then again that's apre' pro ( spell check?) - till humans stop giving in to our every obsession and superstition the 'use' put to our future discoveries looks bleak. Aww well - peace

    1. Corinne Zellner

      It's "apropos"--and hopefully we can still learn from our mistakes, and those from history....

  13. fifimsp

    I think what people fail to realize is that ancient populations were just like ours. Lots of idiots, plethora of normal people, and a few genius who invented and came up with cool things and theories. We think we're smart, but most of our stuff is from a few genius, we just get to utilize it. That's what happened then. People act as if they were stupider. No. I feel like the thing that held them back was lack of blanket education and the discovery of how to harness electricity. But, in some ways, the human race might already be on the way out had they done that. In modern times, we have the same intelligence and in some ways, are doing worse, not fairing better than our ancient counterparts.

    1. L0LAW0NKA

      "lots of ******"? Yes, I'm sure that having to literally fight for your survival on a daily basis is *******. You got it backwards: as time moves forward, the level of intelligence moves backwards. How can you make fire without a lighter? how can you make a boat withoat without electric tools? how can protect yourself from the heat, the cold, the rain, the snow without modern technology? You won't be able to do it. I'm sure you think camping qualifies as "survival" but you're just not exposed to the level of danger that existed centuries ago. I mean, you're just not. And you won't know what it was like. And no, there weren't a few "geniuses." Ugh, the ignorane pisses me off. Read books before you post something so insulting. You should be grateful they existed. And we ARE doing worse. No one tries so hard anymore, because there's no need.
      What an *****!! How could you compare the past with the present like that? How insulting. How aggravating. I hope you get hit by a truck. The nerve of some ******... T___T"

    2. L0LAW0NKA

      You got everything backwards. You got it all wrong. Why don't you read books before you post something so insulting. This is aggravating. How dare you compare the past with the present with so much indifference- like you knew better. You don't. You never will.
      Please read history books. Go to school. Educate yourselves before posting insulting comments like this one. All the seven who "liked" along with the guy who posted it should get hit by trucks. T__T
      The nerve of some people.

    3. Guest

      Hit by a that sounds highly educated!

    4. Josh Ri-perz

      Somebody has way too much time on their hand. Your life must be as constructive as your ridiculous posts.

  14. Guest

    I especially liked the mention that the anciants used to hire scientists (Considering knowledge, then) to fool the population into many God beliefs. More of a showman magician!
    2 Weeks a little day by day viewing. Excellent well researched doc.
    Brings a lot of knowledge about humankind.

    1,001 method not to earn your living while getting others to do it.
    Because, being of any direct descent with some "God".


  15. Yavanna

    Phew that took some watching! Highly recommended. Focussed far too much on weaponry in places, especially first half of season 3. It's amazing how close the human race came at times to an Industrial revolution hundreds if not thousands of years ago.

  16. Guest

    Excellant series !
    I feel priveledged to have been able to see this and have the opportunity to be able to go back whenever I wish to study it again.

    Thank you Vlatko for adding it to the site.

  17. StillRV

    This was an excellent series. I try not to compare the ancient to the modern. For the modern has the benefit of the ancient as guidance. I think that the ancient is astounding in its complexity and use of observation, trial and error to create such wonders. Yet today we have implementation and utilization of the known. Why compare? Just appreciate

  18. Guillaume de Bies

    Is there anyone outhere to finance/fund /stimulate the manufacturing of space ships which are used throughout space and time by other humanoids .

    The technoligical knowledge is there I think
    Yes: with spinning mercury gravity can be manipulated, thus lifting off.
    Plus there are studies done; on captured crashed space ships, by the US Army.

    We need a plarform to get momentum on this matter,
    Do y'all kow what it would be to have your own space ship, like owning a car ?

    That's what it needs to come down to in the end; one might say,
    We earhtlings are as old/young as we are as a species, we need to do things our own way like all other extraterrestials did.

    Some one out there with finance and this vision do somethinfg s.v.p.


    1. Jack1952

      Is that mercury the planet or the messenger? Or quicksilver?

    2. Guest

      I just recently read of an experiment (in either China or Japan) in which a single photon was "fired" in a vacuum-chamber in such a way as to allow it to travel faster than light, if it was possible for it to do so. I don't remember the details, but it had to do with coupling it with another single photon in some way in an attempt to achieve this... However they did it, precisely, the important thing is that, according to the researchers, they proved that it is impossible for even a single photon to travel faster than light-speed, thus confirming Einstein yet again, but with additional implications this time: They say this experiment finally proves such things as time-travel and warp-engines (greater than light-speed engines) forever beyond our ability, that there is now no conceivable way to "work around" this universal limitation. If they're right, whatever ships we have in the future cannot be like those in science-fiction, and neither can any extraterrestrial ships. The exploration of really deep space, or even "ordinary" space, is therefore going to have to be something that occurs over generations.

      Time to get those cryo-tubes up and running...

  19. Siidzha

    @ wald0

    Do not underestimate the mind of the ancient Greek man. Although he did not have possibilities to discover what we know today, it is well known among ancient culture researchers that the myths of Greek gods were not held as the absolute reality as it is, for example, with Christianity. They were far more sophisticated than that. Community of the Gods for ancient Greeks was merely a symbolic explanation of the cosmos, forces of nature and hierarchical structure of the world that was created by logical deductions of the philosophers. It is indeed that simpler people were more "religious" in the traditional sense, but it was not common among educated Greeks. If Greek perceptions about the Gods would be alike those of the Christianity, they would not haev been able to reach such high level of development.

    However, I agree for the other part that you're saying. I am truly amazed by the intelligence of ancient societies and I often wonder how developed would be the world today if these societies would not have been destroyed and their knowledge could have had the possibility to florish... But it didn't.
    Wonders of the human mind has always been and still continues to be destroyed by a weapon which is an integral part of who we are. This weapon is the main enemy of the mind - the primal drive of the human body. Isn't it weird? When you think about it, it is in fact the human's rootedness in nature that holds him back from achieving high development... More specifically - the inability to abstract himself from his most basic instincts, like desire to feel pleasure and avoidance to feel pain. And although it seems truly odd, it is only natural that even nowadays so many people hope to hide behind the protective shield of religion. I believe that this shows that overall most of the individuals today are exactly in the same position where evolution seemed to stop for us (of course, it only seems like that from our limited spectrum of sight) - a couple of thousand years ago and they just happened to be born such technologically developed era. And we have to be so grateful for those brilliant individuals that indeed were able to achieve greater level of mind's development than the rest of us, because it is not the civilizations that have brought us here, but those genious minds that were able to suppress their instincts of the body a bit more than the rest of us and devote all of themselves to science. And only this is how we got that unique chance to catch a bit wider glimpse on the world that we live in (and even beyond it). No matter how much people put down the contemporary world that we live in, I feel blessed for the chance to exist now and not earlier...
    I mean, isn't it amazing that we have the knowledge to know how we have came to exist in the first place? And now even to mention the things we have found out about universe...
    Surely, we know only a small portion of the whole story, but even that part can simply blow one's mind...

  20. fonbindelhofas

    only few things i disagree and could argue: we are NOT living in the time of "cuting edge technology" (Planned Obsolescence...and tons of ideological & political barriers), and the idea that technology in this doc series has led to final "comsumer age", as its a fact, as its the best thing, as it was technology and not ideology... we should learn to separate those 2, one leads to well being & another to genocide! (
    otherwise nice doc's, nice times...

    1. Jack1952

      I'm sure they had their barriers as well. Its not that they or us have barriers...its how we overcome them.

    2. apollodoom

      I don't think you can really dismiss the information age as being 'cutting edge' simply because our current form of market capitalism generally engages in planned obsolescence.

      Technology does NOT lead to well being, though I will admit that ideology can lead to genocide. Technology only provides us with tools and means, not a philosophical or moral paradigm of how to apply it. Its up to humans to figure out how the techne is used.

    3. 0zyxcba1

      @ fonbindelhofas
      "...we should learn to separate those 2, one leads to well being
      & another to genocide!"

      An observation almost always overlooked, most especially in the
      sense you couched it.

      Needs to be pointed out and emphasized much more often.


  21. wald0

    @ Sertsis

    I agree that the ancients seemed to have the same capacity for problem solving that we do, based on the knowledge they had available of course. But, I think people of today are wiser in some respects because we have their experiences and ours to benefit from. For instance when we see something in nature that we can't explain we have gained the wisdom not to event gods or demons to explain it. But that is wisdom, not intelligence, so it doesn't contradict what you are saying I suppose. I just wanted to throw in my two cents. I would agree that intelligence is the measure of how well or efficiently you can solve problems with the facts or knowledge you have available to you, and in that respect at times they were even smarter than us.

    For Leonardo to have imagined some of the things he sketched out, considering the limited knowledge pool he had access to, its amazing. He was solving problems that others in his time had never even conceived as a problem or possibility. I think a huge part of his genius lies in the fact that he was such a great artist as well as a mathematician and inventor. To have that kind of imagination, skilled hands, and ability to logically work out and/or analyze systems the way he could- he is definitely one of my heroes.

    1. as_above

      you have only some ones opinion of what happend then of cource you might have a difficulty distinguishing fact from opinion.

    2. wald0

      Still sore from previous conversations I see, oh well. In reality we have much more than peoples opinion about what Leonardo accomplished, we have his own illustrations and notes, the actual works of art he created, and tons of documentation from many different sources considered credible by historians. I don't claim to know what kind of private person Leonardo was, nor do I care, I idolize the body of work contributed to him, not him. I don't need any moral or ethical heroes, morality and ethics are evolved traits, in my opinion. Why would I look backward in time for a moral or ethical lesson concerning the modern world? You know trying to take offense or start an argument over something this simple and small, really doesn't reflect well on your level of maturity, but again that just my opinion. have a nice day.

    3. Guest


      Did you ever hear what Leonardo said about the rest of us on occasion, I guess when he despaired or grew impatient of the world he found himself in?

      He said we are "Machines for manufacturing sh^t"!

      Man, that's (gulp) pretty BLEAK, isn't it? What a statement! (lol)

      Even so, the only thing I've ever had against him, maybe, is that he was TOO much of a perfectionist. If he'd only been capable of giving himself a little more leeway, maybe it's possible we would've gotten a lot more out of him, without much, or any, noticeable decline in quality.

      Paradoxically, this isn't to say I'm not very grateful and pleased that he was as hard on himself as he was, when it comes to those masterpieces and projects that he did finish.The world's a whole lot richer place for it, it goes without saying. And he was working under the limitations of his time, as well, as you point out...

    4. Sertsis

      I think that I can appreciate what you're saying, it seems like we're coming from two different directions, but found ourselves on the same page. I wasn't sure if I was coming across clearly below, I didn't think that I got the words quite right, let me try again.
      Our knowledge and technology allows us to extract oil from the earth, refine it into gasoline and a thousand other things, and deliver that gas to the people so we can burn it in our cars. It is a common belief that this is not very good for the environment, yet we lack the wisdom or the guts to do anything about it. And for my own part, I do drive a car, and I live in oil rich Alberta, so I turn a blind eye to the particularly nasty environmental impacts of the Oil Sands mega-projects.(I turn a blind eye but I won't live down stream from them). So I guess we can say that I lack the wisdom or guts to do anything about it too.
      I know it's anecdotal, but this is how I differentiate knowledge from wisdom, or intelligence.
      P.s. Leonardo is my hero too, a perfect example of stunning brilliance.

    5. Eniki520

      just because we understand things like electricity and the like doesnt make s smarter. look at all the damage to the environment e do with all our technology. We are almost totally dependent on our technology for survival. We dont even farm sustainably we are dependent on fertiliser and pesticides that not only harm us when we ingest them but also destroys the earth.We poison most of the fresh water on earth with pollution , killed most of the wild life, cut down most of the forests, destroyed most natural environments that could have once supported human habitation. Even the oceans will be gone as we know it in 50years. we may have made advances in technology and science but we have fallen behind in our understanding of nature and ow we affect it. we no longer care about sustainability or nature just money. People are still starving in greater number then ever, more people in poverty then ever, less people able to feed them selves and instead have to buy food.pretty soon wars over water and food will start. As far as i can see we havent changed only our tools.

    6. Eniki520

      All it would take to kill half the people on earth is one big solar flare. with out electricity most people would starve to death. or die of dehydration. I dont think the average person has the know how to survive on their own. people would end up fighting for food and water thats readily available in their city but what happens after the food in the store runs out and no new deliveries arrive.

  22. forbetwo

    got this doc about a year on dvd very good

  23. goldie

    Very interesting. Enjoyed it very much though I have seen alot of documentaries about the subject matter..

  24. patriotbill

    is there any way to down load these doc's ?


      download realplayer

    2. Candace Jean Sturtevant

      Upload Real Player. A prompt will come up every time you view any video. ;)

    3. patriotbill

      o.k. thanks

  25. adilrye

    Word to the wise: don't dismiss the people of the past as being stupid and ignorant and having nothing to tell us. Don't be so arrogant in thinking that we know everything and that the modern way is ALWAYS the best way. And most importantly, recognize that all of what we have now has its roots in discoveries made hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.

    Everything comes from somewhere.

    1. Sertsis

      The words 'stupid' and 'ignorant' aren't any more or less relevant today than they were a thousand years ago, and neither is 'stunning brilliance'!It seems to be an ageless condition of man kind to be all of the above.

    2. Bobby Mitzel

      no, i'd say people were generally more stupid in ancient times than they are today. Are our brains different? no. But we have more accumulated knowledge, so according to most definitions of intelligence we are in fact smarter.

    3. Sertsis

      @ Bobby Mitzel, below
      More facts don't make you smarter, they make you well read! Intelligent decisions based on your facts suggests intelligence. Please don't fall into the trap of confusing technology for intellect, they are two different things.

    4. Jack1952

      @ Sertsis

      Intellect without the knowledge to implement that intellect, will invariably be wasted on trivial pursuits.

  26. Sertsis

    17 hours?... Really? I'll watch it, and probably like it, but I think I'll have to do it over the course of a few days. 17 Hours,

  27. Fareth Didwell

    Good docu, keep up the good work! I've been using this site for near on 2 years now, and recommend it to friends and people I meet. Although I rarely comment, just reading the comment threads is an interesting observation in itself. Fuck you T.V, I got stuff to engage with! Much Gratitude

  28. kabir86

    lol...I get a lil overly passionate about learning and gaining knowledge.

    1. Guest

      Glad you're here! Have your soap ready, though...Sooner or later, you'll get wet for sure, lol. And especially try to avoid tangling with Ozy; that guy's a catalyst for nuclear bombs, and usually goes off at an altitude where it's hard to do anything but take cover...

    2. kabir86

      lol...thats funny..
      i will keep tht in mind. a lot of insight on this site

    3. GrittyKat

      WELCOME! I found this site last year after moving and deciding not to get cable anymore after months without it. I started looking up documentaries on religion and found this. Been here ever since and have turned some friends on to it. It's a fantastic site and you get to watch knowledgable info, if not sometimes conspiracy bound, but always interesting. Thank You Vlatko!

    4. kabir86

      i really is always interesting..i dont even turn on the tv need

    5. greyspoppa

      Right on, haven't had cable in 6 years. Don't need it with internet.

    6. Guest

      Ya Oz is our if you lack brain, heart, and courage, you may feel like he wants to eat you alive, but in fact he is a sweety!
      Hey OZ?

      I could sign Dorothy but really i am az

  29. kabir86

    this is amazing. I am on this sit soo much now. It is nice to see a community of people who actually love learning and soaking in wisdom and knowledge. Not sure how to connect to people on here, but it would be nice to just communicate and talk about stuff we watch. more then just the comments. student of life indeed

    1. Guest

      Feel free to type your thoughts....that's how we communicate here.
      No phone

    2. kabir86

      lol...i was thnkn email..i dunno..i just got excited...I live in los angels and its hard talking to people about things like ill be commenting more :)

    3. 0zyxcba1

      "...I live in los angels and its hard talking to people about things like this..."

      Yeah, braving it in Lower California is tough!
      Anyhow, you'll do just fine here?I mean, they let me in! (lol)


    4. 0zyxcba1

      @ kabir86
      "Not sure how to connect to people on here,..."

      Oh, it's dead easy. Just get into a big fight! (lol)


      P.S.: @kabir86, you are so disarmingly innocent. :-)

    5. Guest

      aside from the subject....
      @Oz did you know there is a gay bar in New Orleans called OZ

    6. 0zyxcba1

      "... a gay bar in New Orleans called OZ"

      probably named after the Wizard of Oz (lol)
      I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!


    7. jellybean8309 then, here's my question about Tsibias' (sp?) 'water clock'...(around 20:00)... ..narrator says T. figured out that the watertank of the klecidra must remain full at all times inorder to achieve constant waterflow. (Well,duh! lol)...So he did it by adding another watertank... So if he didn't circulate the same water over and over,like our modern day fountains..and he didn't just hook up a hose up to the sink, like the guy who made the replica... his big idea was just keeping it full all the time? ...i was waiting to hear that he invented how to circulate the water w/out having to keep filling the top vessel...did i miss something?

    8. kabir86

      hahahh..i know it seems is...however, when i think of a time as long as 2000 years ago....its a little more complicated of a idea. The simple method of understanding is complex in itself without all the information we know as a society now..imagine back then! lol...even when i saw the water clock...i was like "oh that sht makes sense" but like the guy says- " it was one of those inventions that seems simple, after a genius has made it" ...just my see the orgins of so many things we take for granted is amazing in itself.

    9. Guest

      I've been everywhere trying to answer this question for you, and I just can't find any details. I'm assuming, then, that it was simply someone's job to periodically fill or move the tank, much like winding a wristwatch today, unless somehow the clock was tied into a constant water source like a river, or some type of aqueduct. Maybe someone else knows if and how he achieved constant pressure/circulation in some other way (neverminding evaporation...), but I'll be dogged if the first several pages of searches turned up anything about that specifically on my end.

      Oh, well, I tried...

    10. jellybean8309

      Thanx for replies...but i rewound it like 5 x's thinkin' i missed something..i think ur both right later on in it says they built Tsbias''Water Clock in the Wind Tower ,this time it was connected to an underground spring ..... I love TDF too ;)

  30. Guest

    Before I even watch any of these, I'm reminded of what Sagan said about the ancient library at Alexandria, about "how many centuries farther along we'd be" if it hadn't been burned to the ground...

    1. Guest

      And this reminds me : how farther along we'd be in knowing about the US if the 7WTC didn't crumble down.

    2. Guest

      This is off-topic, but I checked out your Myspace page, Az. Your photographs are brilliant! And all the traveling you've done...THAT, I really envy. And I hope you don't think it forward of me, but you're also very lovely, and seem to be equally so in your life and interests, from what I can tell from here and there. Your friends and family must feel very blessed that you're a part of their lives.

      [ "Beauty is a welcome guest everywhere." ]

    3. Guest

      Well! Do i dare give you a thumbs up and not come out as vain?
      I have loved photography since i was a 15yrs old when my dad transformed one of the bathrooms of the house into a darkroom just for me. About travelling, an equal passion that started when i was 17yrs old and combining the two gave them momentum.
      I have 2 lovely parents, 2 lovely siblings, 2 lovely daughters and 1 special new grand son and many many exes that i am still friendly with (their wifes too).
      I have no hate in my heart, never did, couldn't, even if i tried.

      Now if i turn the mirror to you, i must say it is refreshing to have you actively on board. I have read most of your posts. I like your attitude, your approach when you disagree, your smarts when you want to add to the debate.
      As for your is as puzzling as your name.
      As for my look...i always said "des rides j'en veux meme en dedans"!

      "look in the traces of your touch
      invade your Self to reinvent yourself
      conquer your being
      while freeing others"

    4. Guest

      I'll be happy to clear up the mystery of my puzzling name! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

      1. Total number of letters, syllables, and stresses, are the same as those of my favorite writer, and one of the very greatest human beings EVER: Voltaire.
      2. The last 3 letters are the same as those of my second favorite writer (among other things): Goethe.
      (disclaimer: These are intended as homages only, you may be sure, and have absolutely nothing to do with self-appraisal... I'm not insane, for heaven's sake.)
      3. Py is meant to suggest Pi, for math and science.
      4. Pys is to suggest peace.
      5. Myth, because I also love fantasy and mystery.
      6. Put together, they are pronounced "peace myth," since we haven't gotten there yet.
      7. OR! Short for Paul Smith, my actual, very dull name...

      Now who really looks a little vain, huh?! (lol)

    5. Guest

      Where did my flowers go? lol
      I like your pseudo name and the reasons that were hidden under it.
      Labyrinthine comes to mind.

    6. Guest

      @ Az

      I just kept worrying I might have offended you somehow...It was driving me pretty nuts, actually! Never had such a hard time with a post, and I have a hard time with ALL of mine, lol. But...if you want your flowers back, here are a couple:

      " il est facile d'imaginer un monde tombant a vos pieds.
      Ayez pitie d'un homme s'il trebuche a cause de ta beaute! "

      Too much?? lol. I hope not! And thanks for talking to me again. I was afraid you might not, if I'd done anyway what I was trying so hard to avoid.

      (I forgot to add earlier that your grandson is just about the cutest little baby I ever saw. Such great big eyes!)

    7. 0zyxcba1

      @ Pysmythe
      " second favorite writer..."

      3 cheers for Göthe!


    8. Guest

      @ Oz

      I do hold them both in pretty equal regard, lol. But if Goethe had the greater imagination (and he certainly did), Voltaire did far more to fight religious abuses, and free people from superstition and ignorance, in a time when it was literally putting your head on the block to do so. A very, very brave man... If time-travel were possible, the first place I'd go would be Ferney, about 1765. I try so hard in my own imagination to see what it must have really been like to take a walk with that man and listen to him speak, to force such a clarity about it in all its details that it becomes actually being there.

      Sometimes it almost works, too. And I'll tell you another thing: When it does, that day is invariably warm, filled with fresh air, and sits in a sea of green under a clear blue sky, with peace as far as the eye can see, and not a care in the world.

    9. 0zyxcba1

      @ Pysmythe
      "Voltaire did far more to fight religious abuses,..."

      No fair!
      You're hitting my 'weak spot'.


    10. Guest

      @ Oz

      I haven't seen Ferney, but I'd sure love to someday. I'd also love to see Weimar, Bonn, Vienna and Salzburg, among about a thousand other places. One place, especially, I'd love to see again before I die... I believe I can understand pretty well the emotions you must have felt at the bridge, and even feel right now. History has never been dead to me, either, and I don't have any doubt that I'd be pretty overpowered myself, under similar circumstances.

    11. Guest

      Wow. 14:28 in, and there the library is... I figured they'd have to get to it sooner or later in this series. Don't really see how it could be avoided, considering the subject-matter.

    12. Eniki520

      it would have been burned by the church at a later date ahahahahaha and we'd be in the same place. but yeah its a very good point.

    13. Guest

      I never thought of that! You may be right...Given the opportunity, how could they have ever resisted it? Or at the very least, they would've hidden certain (conflicting) information away where no one could get to it and maybe make some use of it, similar to what they did by keeping the bible in Latin for so long. But remember, too, that the monasteries in the Middle Ages passed on a lot of what learning was left from the ancient world, some of which they had to borrow from Islamic sources, since it didn't remain anywhere else. One of the best things the church ever did...But anything, say, along the lines of a sun-centered solar-system? No way that was making it over the hump! But I think part of what Sagan was suggesting is that if the potential for widespread knowledge in the West had remained high, then (among other things) the church wouldn't have had as many chances of consolidating their position. For example, one of the ideas from that time had to do with utilizing steam for power. Again, as Sagan says, can you imagine where we might be now, if the Industrial Revolution had began 2000 years ago? In its beginning, the church was of course a lot less powerful than it became afterwards, and maybe the momentum from such things would've prevented them from ever getting the hold over people's minds they did.

  31. Guest

    that's a lot of inventions!
    What was i complaining about a couple days ago?
    Yesterday 5hrs, today
    Vlatko is keeping us busy bees.

    1. Guest

      You asked for a few more videos, and he threw an entire semester at you with this one, lol!

    2. Guest

      Sometimes you got to be careful what you ask for, in this is like i knocked at a door at Halloween and my bag got full at the first house.
      candy pixels

  32. Travis Maaka

    cha ching! 17 hours of bliss!

  33. Achems_Razor

    17 hours long? Nothing is 17 hours long! Oh-well, will take me 17 days to watch.

    1. His Forever

      I'd get more watched if I could break myself of the habit of reading the comments first! I really do need to cut back again. Will you really watch all 17 hours, Mr. Razor? Wow. I'm going to bed early, myself. Not in the mood.

    2. Achems_Razor

      Will try to, the new system that I put on my main PC, the sound cuts out after 30 min, still working on it, so I watch docs, on my old windows 98, If you can believe it? Have it revved up! And I comment on my main PC.

    3. Guest

      I should think that tying tails with Neytiri would last at least 17 hours, yo?

    4. Achems_Razor

      God d@mn, never thought of that! The ultimate!

  34. Tristen Jay Abraham

    MY PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED! I refreshed the page to see if MAYHAPS there'd be a new documentary loaded onto the site - MAGICALLY there was - 17hours of PURE WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT! Thanks topdocumentaryfilms! I am now going to cozy up under my blanket and indulge my mind!

    1. Guest

      That has nothing to do with prayers and miracles....there is a new doc every morning!

    2. superregfrancis

      Some of us are going to have to contribute with our own docos!! I travel the world every year, maybe I can put something interesting together with my home movies and pics!!