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I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
When: Thursday, April 25,[masked]:30 PM
Where: Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Rd
St. Louis, MO 63117
Americans United For Separation of Church And State Event :
"Free Movie Night!
Join us for a screening of an even-handed look at the creationist/evolution controversy in the film "A Flock of Dodos". Thursday evening, April 25th, at the Ethical Society in Clayton. We'll get started around 6:30 PM. As usual this program is free (though as always, donations to defray our costs are welcome)."
This film, first released in 2006, tries a little too hard to provide an even-handed view of this controversy. There is a pretty clear body of scientific work that points in the direction of evolution being more true and creationism being just an unsupported religious position, and what this video focuses on is how hard the people who are wrong are trying to promote their belief system, and how inadequate the response of the scientific community has been. The original dodo birds died out because they didn't accurately assess how much of a danger the humans who started coming to their island were. One of the points of this presentation is that the scientists just are way too sure that the creationists are no threat; what is the cost if the scientists are wrong?
From Wikipedia :
The evolutionarily famous dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is a now-extinct bird that lived on the Island of Mauritius, which is approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar. When Portuguese sailors arrived on the island, the possible combination of over-hunting and introduction of new predators (i.e. pigs, macaques) seems to have led to its extinction by approximately 1700. Due to its lack of fear of humans and inability to fly, the dodo was easy prey, and thus became known for its apparent stupidity.
The film attempts to determine who the real "dodos" are in a constantly evolving world: the scientists who are failing to effectively promote evolution as a scientifically accepted fact, the intelligent design advocates, or the American public who get fooled by the "salesmanship" of evolution critics. While Randy Olson ultimately sides with the scientists who accept evolution, he gives equal air time to both sides of the argument, including intelligent design proponent Michael Behe and several of his colleagues.
The film begins by going over the history of intelligent design thought from Plato and Paley to the present-day incarnation promoted by the Discovery Institute. Olson mixes in humorous cartoons of squawking dodos with commentary from his mother and interviews with proponents on both sides of the intelligent design/evolution debate.
On the intelligent design side, Olson interviews Behe, John Calvart (founder of the Access Research Network) and a member of the Kansas school board. Olson also unsuccessfully tries to interview school board member Connie Morris and members of the Discovery Institute."