Monday, November 06, 2006


Creationists versus scientists: 'Flock of Dodos' (Video + Audio links)

From University at Buffalo Campus News: In the ongoing debate of intelligent design versus scientific evolution, film writer and director Randy Olson set out to find which side's advocates can't take flight.

His film, 'Flock of Dodos,' was screened on campus last week, followed by a six-member panel discussion on Friday in Park Hall.

...Explaining creationism, the film uses imagery including a wall with holes in it - according to creationists in the film, the holes represent the unexplained and are filled by God.

Some, however, refuse to give up on finding answers to those questions.

Continued at the above link.

See ABC News interview with video clips from film (13 minutes)

And NPR's audio interview "'Flock of Dodos' and the Debate over Intelligent Design"

Featured book: "Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism and Intelligent Design" (Amazon UK | US)

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Why can “Creationists” &/or “Intelligent Design” advocates ‘solve’ Sudoku Number Puzzles so quickly?


It’s just a matter of faith! It’s the same method creationists resort to in trying to prove their unsustainable “intelligent design theory”. Creationists can just stop searching for reality by just assuming all gaps in current understanding and/or knowledge of evolution must be filled with a (G=god) solution. As Prof Richard Dawkins explains in chapter four of The GOD Delusion; “If an apparent gap is found, it is assumed that God, by default must fill it.” Saves them having to think and question I suppose.

Much like the progress one makes by eliminating the possible numbers in each square as a Sudoku puzzle is solved, “gaps shrink as science advances and God is threatened with eventually having nothing to do and nowhere to hide.” This of course “worries thoughtful theologians” however the greater worry for scientists (and the rest of us) is that groups through politics or fear will walk away from the “essential part of the scientific enterprise [that is] to admit ignorance.”

Nothing is more dangerous than a, ‘I have all the answers’ arrogant preacher followed by a bunch of non-thinking ‘god-botherers’ driven by blind faith who absolve themselves from their societal responsibilities with the comfort of unquestioning feeble-minds!

Although some see Dawkins as a bit of a raver and less scientific in his arguments than he could (should) be, if you read Pascal Boyer's "Gods, Spirits and the Mental Instincts that Create Them", Dawkins’ 'emotional' approach to battling the “ID” lobby is also needed.

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