Aristotle's Lagoon

Aristotle's Lagoon

2010, Science  -   22 Comments
Ratings: 8.36/10 from 28 users.

Aristotle's LagoonIn the 4th century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle traveled to Lesvos, an island in the Aegean teeming, then as now, with wildlife.

His fascination with what he found there, and his painstaking study of it, led to the birth of a new science - biology.

Professor Armand Leroi follows in Aristotle's footsteps to discover the creatures, places and ideas that inspired the philosopher in his pioneering work.

A film that examines Aristotle's discoveries about nature on the island of Lesvos and how they influenced his views on human biology.

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22 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Dank Raven

    Before I even watch the doc, I've seen how the conversation below has de-evolved into a discussion of lesbians. Hey boys, do I need to school you on the meaning of the word??

  2. THeHughtamer

    i'm inidentically correct in saying that Aristotle was trying to wreck it for fish...bait a d fish. the first long time career accomplishments. something something something animals have more rights than scientists

  3. TonyIII

    Delightful and informative although one might argue with just how materialistic was his theory of form.
    Aristotle has been condemned not for his scientific errors which are certainly forgiveable but for his lack of egalitarianism: modernity's most cherished belief. Yet , even today, it's occasionally noticed that some people rule and others are the ruled: This is hard for the profound modern mind to accept ; so Aristotle has become a non-person.

  4. cezy

    i don't understand. he says the cuttle fish is a wonderful creature and yet handles it as if it were a thing. I don't expect everyone to become vegetarian, but at least a bit of coherence...
    still, very good documentary.

  5. Jo McKay

    In fact, "putting [everything] back together is the work of the 21st Century".
    This was great; enjoyed it very much.

  6. Epicurean_Logic

    Aristotle and two lesbians walk into a cheap motel. He says to the receptionist,

    "I want room but I'm not pay for the room for sleep. I will be party with the girl into the night. It will be wonder"

    the receptionist says, " I can barely understand what you are saying, you need practice in using suffixes" Aristotle says,

    " yes, that's why I want the room!"

  7. NAND Gate that the promised land of lesbians?

    I might start a Zionism like cult and take my followers on Aliya to the lesbian land.

    And spend the rest of my life trying to convert them.......

    Anyhow didnt watch it.


    1. Guest

      One meaning of the word lesbian derives from the poems of Sappho, who was born in Lesbos.
      Quite a beautiful land including artsy Molyvos and you don't have to be a lesbian to enjoy the view.
      Trying to convert them may end up converting you to openess.

    2. NAND Gate

      Please, don't destroy my dream. I dont want to convert them from lesbianism, just convert them to including me.

    3. Guest

      Are you saying that some lesbians aren't swingers? and if so, how do you know, Hmmm?... and why are you always calling me horny?? If the shoe fits, right?

    4. His Forever

      This doc was mildly interesting. Had some trouble tracking. Had nothing to do with lesbians except for the island name.

    5. Guest

      @Achems...have i done that? lol (calling you horny).
      I know a lot of
      Good way to start the day!
      Hey i like read like a good brain on two nice legs supporting a healthy body!
      but...i could be your mom.

    6. Guest

      I guess i should retract that last phrase...little did i know then, perhaps you are even older than i.

    7. Guest

      CnN...are you dissapointed? What were you expecting?...just joking. I was in Lesbos a few years ago on my way to Turquie, quite a beautiful place, actually all of Greece was awe inspiring. And yes did see a lesbian or two.

    8. Guest

      @psinet, you can dream all you want, that's one thing no one can take away from you!

    9. Guest

      Ah, Lesbians. Why try to convert them? Join them, at a males perspective of course.
      Knew some lesbians once, menage a' trio, Hmmm?

    10. Guest

      I don't think lesbians *ménage a trois* with some horny guy, those are swingers.

    11. Guest


      If you want to see lesbians their Charles, (know you are interested, (LOL) was in Deep Cove, Van. B.C. many years back, with my (straight) girlfriend visiting her gay brother, beautiful place, mostly all gay and lesbian community. Great people!

    12. zav

      It's "there", not "their". "There" is a place.

    13. Achems_Razor


      Whatever! English is my second language, so I always make mistakes, quit being an A-Hole, grammar Nazi who points out minor spelling, grammatical, and typo errors, and stick to the doc in question.

    14. zav

      I'm simply letting you know so that you don't make make the mistake again, because it is a NICE thing to do.

      Why do you assume that I'm trying to be an a**hole?

  8. wheelnut53

    Very good , Aristotle was my kind of guy . He did the best he could with what he had . No doubt if could have followed those eels along their breeding migration he would have eventually found their sex organs . I have no explanation as to why he didn't experiment with the dead fish . I know more than he did but he was still smarter than me .