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Evolutionary Ecologist, Randy Olson, tries to find out just who is the real "Flock of Dodos"
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Filmmaker and evolutionary biologist Randy Olson tries to figure out if it is the Darwinists or Intelligent Design supporters who will become a flock of dodos. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Interesting companion piece to Expelled See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Michael Behe ... Intelligent Design Supporter (as Michael Behe Ph.D.)
John Calvert ... Intelligent Design Supporter
Jack Cashill ... Intelligent Design Supporter
Tom Givnish ... Evolutionist
Randy Olson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Alden
David Bottjer ... Evolutionist (as Dr. David Bottjer)
Carol Brown
Jeff Brown
John L. Burch
John Angus Campbell ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. John Angus Campbell)
Ty Carlisle
Steve Case ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Steve Case)
Michael Donoghue ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Michael Donoghue)
Ron Etter ... Evolutionist
Daphne Fautin ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Daphne Fautin)
Sue Gamble ... Moderate Republican
Thomas Givnish ... Evolutionist
James Handen ... Evolutionist (as Dr. James Handen)
William Harris ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. William Harris)
Ed Leydecker
Karel Liem ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Karel Liem)
Donal Manahan ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Donal Manahan)
Kathy Martin ... Conservative Repbulican
Bob Muller ... Evolutionist
Steven Orzack ... Evolutionist
Mark Patterson ... Evolutionist
Jane Pickering ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Jane Pickering)
Edward Rowand (as Pastor Edward Rowand)
Mark Skinner ... Evolutionist
Bill Wagon ... Democrat
Jonathan Wells ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. Jonathan Wells)

Directed by
Randy Olson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Randy Olson 

Produced by
Ty Carlisle .... producer
Thomas Chan .... co-producer
Julie Janata .... executive producer
Ed Leydecker .... co-producer
Peter LoGreco .... co-producer
Steven Miller .... executive producer
Randy Olson .... producer
Stevo Polyi .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Amotz Plessner 
 
Cinematography by
Shane Seley 
Joseph Trinh 
 
Film Editing by
Pascal Leister 
 
Art Direction by
Ryan Mitchell 
 
Art Department
Gary Reisman .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Thomas Chan .... sound
Jillinda Palmer .... sound editor
Jake Gideon Posner .... voiceover recordist
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Degraw .... assistant camera
Matt Hawley .... assistant camera
Zach Jones .... assistant camera
Peter LoGreco .... assistant camera
Joseph Trinh .... assistant camera
Ray Woodhouse .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Tom Sito .... animation director
Jonathan Archambault .... digital ink & paint (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ty Carlisle .... assistant editor
Joe Faissal .... on-line editor
Laura Jans .... colorist
Judd H. Maslansky .... assistant editor
Randy Olson .... assistant editor
J. Bretton Truett .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Peter D. Coogan .... stock footage researcher
Jeff Dowd .... producer's representative
Ryan Mitchell .... publicity art director
Muffy Moose .... head dodo
Tuan Nguyen .... stock footage researcher
Tuan Chau-Minh Nguyen .... researcher
Michael Sebastian .... production assistant (as Mike Sebastian)
Jean Sievers .... publicist
Garin Sparks .... promotion dodo
 

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief mild language
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84 min
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6 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Interesting companion piece to Expelled, 15 May 2008
Author: ergundel from United States

Watch either "Dodos" or "Expelled" if you do NOT want to learn much about Evolution or Intelligent Design.

Both movies are more about attitudes towards their respective theories rather than the merits of the theories themselves. "Expelled" argues that scientific communities act with the same partisan and even repressive behavior seen in almost every kind of community, and "Dodos" argues that anyone who questions Evolutionary theory is an idiot or a quack (albeit likable idiots and quacks).

And this utter lack of respect for it's opposing position is why I give this movie a low grade. It doesn't even pose provocative ideas (like Expelled), or a sense of humor (like a Michael Moore film).

Instead Dodos offers criticisms of ID that would easily be destroyed if posed to one of the various ID representatives the movie interviews. The scientists offered as friendly witnesses on the side of Darwin rarely if ever pose a scientific argument, and instead offer ad hominem attacks, and other examples of logical terrorism that should make any scientist ashamed.

But perhaps worst of all is the recommendation the movie makes to scientists in the following statement: "The bigger issue in this whole thing is who will be the voice not just of evolution, but of science in general. Is it going to be scientists who are handicapped by their blind obsession with the truth? Or will it be public relations firms that know the importance of a good story but feel no constraints by the truth?" This is not the kind of statement made by people assured of the merits of their argument; no, this kind of statement is made by one with blind faith who lacks confidence in their ability to persuade by reason.

Dodos argues that ID succeeds in the public arena because it tells a simple story, while the truth is much more complex. I would argue that the opposite is true. Evolution succeeds because it is such a simple explanation; ID succeeds when the simplicity of Evolutionary theory fails to account for the evidence. IDs biggest problem is that it's central argument (that there is a designer to life) opens up so many more questions that sticking to the simple "selection via random mutation" is often more attractive intellectually.

Dodos claims that scientists have good answers to the questions posed by ID, but those answers require time and a depth of knowledge to understand. Personally, I've tried to find those answers, but such responses will rarely convince anyone not already converted, and often are rebuttals to arguments no one is even making.

I will agree with Dodos about one thing: if champions of Neo-Darwinism hope to squash the "pseudoscience" of ID, they need to have a more compelling presence in the media. But when they lose the veneer of a "blind obsession with the truth", scientists lose all credibility.

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