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Weekend Recommendation – Flock of Dodos: The Evolution/Intelligent Design Circus

May 31, 2007

Flock of Dodos - Directed by Dr. Randy OlsonThis week’s recommendation comes from a documentary I just caught on Showtime OnDemand, and currently screening on the Showtime network. Flock of Dodos: The Evolution/Intelligent Design Circus is a fascinating and entertaining film which talks with equal parts intelligence, heart and humor at the controversy of teaching “Intelligent Design” in the public school system.

Written and directed by Dr. Randy Olson, a filmmaker with a background in Embryology, it isn’t hard to figure out that Dr. Olson is going to be staunchly on the side of Evolutionism, but what may come as a shock to viewers on both sides of the debate, is his idea that to a certain extent we are all (or could be) the proverbial dodo.

It is to the greatest credit of the film and its filmmakers, that it neither demonizes the faithful, (in fact he manages to clearly delineate between I.D. as a matter of faith vs. a matter of scientific thought) nor does it let evolutionists off the hook of a significant level of failure to educate in the debate.

This is a valuable film which seeks to educate all of us, and while it pokes fun, it is never mean-spirited. What will be of interest to the average proponent of Intelligent Design is who it is that is behind the push for “teaching the controversy”. It’s not who any of us might think.

This documentary is more Morgan Spurlock than Michael Moore, and this film offers a wonderful opportunity to open up dialogues and minds than close them. Anyone unwilling to watch probably have less faith in their own set of beliefs or perhaps better yet, their ability to sustain them.

“Flock of Dodos” has something to teach us all, be sure to catch it!

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