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Went to see Flock of Dodos with friend KB last night at the Rose Wagner Theater here in the SL,UT.

The film, made by evolutionary biologist turned filmmaker Randy Olson, discusses the debate over the teaching of intelligent design in schools, focusing primarily on the attempts to inject this school of thought into the Kansas science standards.

While I am certainly no proponent of intelligent design, the film does not do a very good job of showing evolutionary scientists in a good light. For the most part, they appear smug, superior and condescending … which in part explains the relative success the idea of intelligent design has had, since many of its proponents are warm and friendly.

It makes one wonder … which group is the dodo? The scientists, for not being able to adapt to the modern world’s communications style? Or the “intelligent designers”, for holding onto their beliefs despite the scientific evidence to the contrary.

And of course, whenever a topic like this piques my interest, I go searching for all the information I can find on both sides of the issue. A good resource seems to be this reprint of a special report from Natural History Magazine, which has arguments from both sides of the aisle, along with additional links to further information. The original report (without the additional links) can be found on the Natural History Magazine
website.