Jonathan Miller makes fun of philosophy: Beyond the Fringe on Oxford Philosophy
Early British television comedic geniuses Alan Bennett and Jonathan Mille do a skit that pokes fun at philosopher-speak while also clearly being sympathetic to us. These guys are also pioneers in this format and clearly Fry and Laurie’s biggest influence.
Guerrilla News Network Presents MK Ultra and Project Paperclip
This clip is brilliant in many ways. First, it’s a highly relevant subject for any citizen to be aware of, which unlike other conspiracies, involves factual declassified CIA projects with wide academic coverage. Second, it’s brilliantly produced! The electronic/IDMish background, the screen-splits, the use of quotes. Wow! It just gives me the chills.
They do an excellent job at giving you the feeling of subversiveness and revolution - empowering you as an audience while capturing the sinister actions of the U.S. government.
The world of big brother, conspiracy theories and declassified intelligence information is fascinating, but it’s also highly intermixed with a bunch of conspiracy-obsessed ballooney full of academic dishonesty and superficial assumptions. It is a shame that good clips like these are seen as having some sort of party affiliation or political tendency as a result.
In my view this clip falls more in the lines of Brave New World, Hope and Tragedy, The Naked Capitalist and 1984. The chilling reality of what certain authorites are either doing, or are capable of doing.
Knowledge is power. Dig deep.
A Bit of Fry and Laurie- Some Information Please?
A Bit of Fry and Laurie is a classic British TV comedy hosted by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. This is one the smartest and deepest comedy series to have achieved mainstream success on television. This particular sketch gives you a good idea of the quality of this show - very human, very deep, VERY funny and GREAT characters!
Mark Steel is a British comedian who’s known for his radio & tv comedy series on historical people and events. On the show, he has a set of comedian actors play the historical figure, and mixes traditional narration with irreverent recreation scenes that support his thoughts. I have never seen anything that is as as intellectually stimulating as it is WAY TOO FUNNY. This should be watched on every classroom. The nice little factoids on each genius’ eccentricities alone are worth it :)
Aristotle’s wife: what is it honey?
Aristotle: Damn That Plato! I’ve been sitting up all night and I still can’t get my triangles as neat as his. I’ll never be the greatest philosopher in Athens.
Aristotle’s wife: Oh Aristotle, you will, you will. And if you weren’t too boneheaded to stop considering the universality of change within a given substance…and look at me once in a while! You might realize, I love you!
A commentary on film found in my favorite movie of all time, ‘Waking Life.’ This movie is still the best presentation of Philosophy in film that I have ever seen. Highly recommend to see it every two years.
Adam Curtis is my favorite documentary filmmaker hands down. This is a short clip he produced in 2009 for Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe which will give you a glimpse of his style. I will be posting more of his stuff later.