Here’s part 1 of the most mind blowing documentaries we could find across the digital landscape (Read part 2 here). Compiling just 10 is difficult so we’ve created a full list of recommended documentaries with summarised ratings here. There will be weekly additions to our documentary and film page so keep an eye out and if you have any films you’d like to recommend, please comment with them below and we will get round to replying and watching them all where time permits.
“Belief is the death of intelligence.” – Robert A Wilson
These documentaries have been chosen for their thought provoking content and many discuss new ideas and concepts that are either currently impossible to be scientifically explored or have yet to be explored enough. As a note, Einstein’s special relativity theory was published in 1905 but wasn’t actually fully accepted into the physics community until 1920. So, I prefer not to dismiss the exploration of new ideas just because they do not adhere to the status quo, for that is the only way we make progress. So, onto the best documentaries on YouTube:
1. CENTURY OF THE SELF
The Century of the Self is a thought provoking, four part documentary describing how Freudian and post-Freudian ideas about human nature were adopted by corporations and politicians to manipulate society and public values in the 20th Century. There is a particular focus on the influence of Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations, on American culture, business, and politics. This is a well crafted, engagingly paced, and consistently interesting documentary, which has since developed a bit of a cult following.
Often referred to as ‘the greatest educational series of all-time’. Carl Sagan‘s ability to clearly communicate complex concepts in simple language without washing down the content of his explanations is such a rare approach. If you have the slightest curiosity about how the Universe works, this is the ultimate documentary series, taking you on a complete 13 hour ride through the Cosmos. The entire series is available on Youtube:
Hold your presumptions on this one, it’s probably not what you think. This documentary approaches the ‘new age’ and ‘all you need is love’ mindsets to question the over embracing of love and denial of negative reality. I’d be very interested to hear the opinions of Live Learn Evolve readers on this one, please comment below if you’ve seen it.
This is a fascinating masterpiece about the social and economical dynamics of the present day compared to ancient mighty civilizations that have fallen. Exploring the ever growing problems we face as a culture and offering thoughtful technological solutions which can all be put in place immediately if we work together. This is streamable on Netflix.
The corporation as a psychopath. Our daily lives are dominated by corporations, most goods, services, information and entertainment now flow from huge multinationals. But what if this dominant player in our existence is certifiably insane? This film is a compelling story of the evil that can be and is done by and in the name of corporations. Piles of detailed examples on top of interviews on top of documentary film clips, highly recommended.
A powerful visual masterpiece that takes you on a tour of the globe. If man sends another Voyager to the distant stars and it can carry only one film on board, that film might be “Baraka.” It uses no language, so needs no translation. It speaks in magnificent images, natural sounds, and music both composed and discovered. It regards our planet and the life upon it and stands outside of historical time. Highly recommend it’s follow up film Samsara too, which can be found here
Collaborative documentary piecing together some of the most thought-provoking clips from the most recent internationally renowned philosophical icons including Alan Watts and Terrence Mckenna. Other themes include our creativity, our power as individuals and the power as a collective to manifest our own reality. The quality of the production isn’t mind blowing but the content is incredible. One of the best documentaries on Vimeo.
The film explores the macrocosm, the microcosm and the relationship of our inner worlds to the outer cosmos. A four part series exploring the concept of a vibratory field that connects all things. The same field of energy that saints, Buddhas, yogis, mystics, priests, shamans and seers, have explored by looking within themselves. Many of history’s monumental thinkers, such a Pythagoras, Kepler, Leonardo DaVinci, Tesla, and Einstein, have come to the threshold of this great mystery. It is the common link between all religions, all sciences, and the link between our inner worlds and our outer worlds.
DMT The Spirit Molecule takes you on a journey to explore the possibilities of what this molecule, DMT could mean to man kind. Although flawed in places if you’re unaware of DMT this documentary does an amazing job of explaining both the experiences of the substance and the science of the mind. Medical doctors, physical scientists, artists, and spiritual seekers work together to explore and quantify the effects of potentially the world’s most powerful psychotropic substance.