Leonardo da Vinci – The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

 

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 — May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”. Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, and he spent his last years in France at the home awarded him by Francis I.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, with their fame approached only by Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Leonardo’s drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on items as varied as the euro, textbooks, and T-shirts. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number because of his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo.

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, and he outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. He made important discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science.

 

 

The Other Atlantis: Hidden in plain sight Carthage and the Roman Holocaust

 

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It was the biggest and richest civilization in the Mediterranean and spread trade, science, and advanced agricultural techniques throughout the then-known world.

Then it disappeared.

We know what happened and we know where it went, but what few know is the painstaking efforts Rome took to not only destroy Carthage, but also to erase it from the historical record.

They succeeded.

What do you know about Carthage and its massive contributions to human civilization?

Probably not much.

You probably know that there was a guy named Hannibal and he crossed the Alps with some elephants and successfully battled Roman armies. You probably also know that Rome won the Punic Wars against Carthage and destroyed its capital in what is now the nation of Tunisia.

What you don’t know is how they completely and deliberately obliterated any trace of Carthage and its countless accomplishments.

Question: If a civilization as important as the civilization of Ancient Greece, Rome or Egypt could be so thoroughly erased from human memory that even though we know it existed, we know nothing about it but Roman propaganda, what other basic historical “facts” of human history have been completely distorted and obscured?

 

 

Hawking

 

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Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet’s most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking’s private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen’s world, both past and present. An inspirational portrait of an iconic figure, Hawking relates his incredible personal journey from boyhood under-achiever, to PhD genius, to being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given just two years to live. Despite the constant threat of death, Hawking manages to make many remarkable scientific discoveries and rises to fame and super-stardom. Hawking – a remarkable man, and a remarkable movie.

 

 

The Divine Michelangelo

 

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To produce one of the world’s great masterpieces is impressive. To create three is truly astonishing – but this is exactly what Michelangelo did five hundred years ago. With his own hands he designed and created the most famous sculpture in the world – the David; the most awe-inspiring painting – the ceiling of the Sistine chapel; and one of the world’s greatest buildings – the dome of St Peter’s, the jewel in the crown of the Roman skyline.

In the year that the David celebrates its 500th anniversary, BBC ONE brings to life the story of one of the most gifted, and tempestuous, artists in history. From a traumatic childhood, Michelangelo rose to the heady heights of artistic genius as sculptor, painter, architect and poet.

His work is on such a scale, of such awesome power and breathtaking beauty, that for centuries people couldn’t believe it was created by a mortal. Michelangelo’s extraordinary life spanned almost 90 years from 1475 to 1564. He was a complex character: at times bad-tempered and paranoid, at others generous and affectionate.

His passion for art, for beauty and for God was his driving force throughout his life.

 

 

Einstein’s Big Idea

 

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The story behind the world’s most famous equation, E=mc2.

Over 100 years ago, Albert Einstein grappled with the implications of his revolutionary special theory of relativity and came to a startling conclusion: mass and energy are one, related by the formula E = mc2. In “Einstein’s Big Idea,” NOVA dramatizes the remarkable story behind this equation. E = mc2 was just one of several extraordinary breakthroughs that Einstein made in 1905, including the completion of his special theory of relativity, his identification of proof that atoms exist, and his explanation of the nature of light, which would win him the Nobel Prize in Physics. Among Einstein’s ideas, E = mc2 is by far the most famous. Yet how many people know what it really means? In a thought-provoking and engrossing docudrama, NOVA illuminates this deceptively simple formula by unraveling the story of how it came to be.

 

 

Zero Point

 

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Zero Point: Volume I – Messages from the Past

 

A full length independent documentary compilation from Vivid Pictures. This is the first volume of a three part series due out this year, consisting of excerpts from freely available information found online. Volume I – Messages from the Past features Graham Hancock, David Wilcock, Terrence McKenna and more, the film focuses on a hidden episode in human history, unlocking the secrets of the Precession of the Equnioxes and its significance. Zero Point uncovers the messages expressed through ancient monuments worldwide, examines various maps, monuments and artifacts which seem to reveal great secrets about the nature of time, our past and our future. It seems we are approaching a point in time known as the singularity, what does it all mean? How does it connect to Precession? We are missing a huge chunk of our history that could pave the way for a prosperous future, firstly we have to convince the masses that we are not the culmination of our culture, that we share a unique bond with the universe that cannot be understood until we grasp the practicalities of how certain monuments were constructed, why they were constructed and the message encoded in their construction. Going beyond the material we must also gain an understanding of ancient divinatory systems and how they can give us an insight into the physics of time itself, if time was the landscape that the ancients mapped then what were they trying to tell us? Be in little doubt, the message IS for us and we need to pay attention, for your consideration I give you Zero Point: Volume I – Messages from the Past

 

 

Zero Point: Volume II – The Structure of Infinity

 

Following on from the information covered in Zero Point: Volume I – Messages from the Past, Volume II – The Structure of Infinity takes a more focused look at the fractal nature of the Universe. Through examination of the Mandlebrot set and Fractal Geometry, Zero Point : Volume II takes us on a journey through the Fractal Universe culminating in a paradigm shifting view on the nature of reality itself. The existence of the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio throughout the natural world and in the ancient megaliths featured in Volume I are fundamental clues in uncovering the true nature of reality. Only by re-examining what we think we know can we pave the way for a future of prosperity based on the ideas and scientific discoveries touched upon in this film. Dedicated to the expansion of the perceptions of possibility I give you Zero Point: Volume II – The Structure of Infinity.

 

 

Zero Point: Volume III – The Legacy of the Ark

 

The final part of the Zero Point Trilogy concludes by examining the secrets of the Ark of the Covenant. What was the Ark? What was its Purpose? And how did it work? By attempting to answer some of these questions we may gain an understanding of how to harness Zero Point energy. However, the question remains. Is our society ready to responsibly use this power? With the hope that the consciousness of humanity will rise to meet this challenge, Vivid Pictures proudly presents Zero Point: Volume III – The Legacy of the Ark.

 

 

Zero Point: Volume IV – Beyond

 

Concluding the Zero Point series, Volume IV – Beyond explores the nature of consciousness, examining scientific discoveries that demonstrate the effect of consciousness on the material world and considering the implications. Did our ancient ancestors understand the true nature of consciousness centuries ago? It is time to venture beyond the limits of our perceptions and into a realm of infinite information that is the Zero Point field.

An intensely visual and psychedelic experience; this film may prove difficult for some to watch, however, no one said the expansion of consciousness would be an easy process.

NOTE: Apologies for the omission of Graham Hancock’s War on Consciousness and the Terence Mckenna DMT talk in the credits. This was an accidental oversight on my part and an annotation has been added.