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Jeffrey Fox Jacobs wanders into Errol Morris territory with this engaging video documentary about an eccentric intellectual and his inspired invention. A former Vedantic monk, 89-year-old cosmologist John Dobson has popularized astronomy by taking it to the streets, inviting passersby to view the heavens through homemade telescopes and delivering lectures peppered with folksy humor and spiritual allusions (God is the “exterior decorator”). He's razor sharp as he tears apart the big bang theory, arguing instead that energy reaching the observable borders of space turns back to feed new star systems—astrophysics as an endless recycling operation. 78 min.

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