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Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus

Synopsis
Flock of Dodos" is a humorous examination of the debate between evolutionists and intelligent design (ID) proponents who argue that life is too complex to be explained by science alone. The film features interviews with both Harvard evolutionists and ID advocates, including Michael Behe, a central figure in the movement. Despite Olson’s dismissal of intelligent design in his film, scientists come off looking even worse. During interviews, evolutionists appear stiff, condescending, inarticulate and arrogant.
The film makes clear that if scientists can’t explain evolution in a way the public can understand, misconceptions that threaten the credibility of the theory, and which creationists can exploit, will persist. In addition to concision and spontaneity, Olson thinks scientists could also benefit from injecting some humour into their talks and learning to be a little more humble when dealing with people who don’t agree with their views. The central message of Olson’s film is that if evolutionists don’t learn to adapt and to beat ID proponents at their own game, then they and their message could go the way of the dodo.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2006
Subjects
Biology; Religious studies
Keywords
creationism; evolution; philosophy of science; public understanding of science; science in the media; intelligent design; scientific debate

Credits

Director
Randy Olson

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$345.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
84 minutes
Year
2007

Production Company

Name

Prairie Starfish Productions

Distributor

Name

Documentary Educational Resources

Email
docued@der.org
Web
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Phone
+1 617 926 0491
Fax
+1 617 926 9519
Address
101 Morse Street
Watertown
MA 02472
USA
Notes
American company with an extensive catalogue of documentary films from around the world in the areas of ethnology, anthropology, world cultures, religion, women’s studies and human rights. Supplied on PAL/NTSC video and multi-region DVD, or download via the Reframe Collection (qv).

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