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Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2006)

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.

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Randy Olson

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Randy Olson
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Credited cast:
Michael Behe Michael Behe ... Intelligent Design Supporter (as Michael Behe Ph.D.)
John Calvert John Calvert ... Intelligent Design Supporter
Jack Cashill Jack Cashill ... Intelligent Design Supporter
Tom Givnish Tom Givnish ... Evolutionist
Randy Olson Randy Olson ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Alden Erik Alden
David Bottjer David Bottjer ... Evolutionist (as Dr. David Bottjer)
Carol Brown Carol Brown
Jeff Brown Jeff Brown
John L. Burch John L. Burch
John Angus Campbell John Angus Campbell ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. John Angus Campbell)
Ty Carlisle Ty Carlisle
Steve Case Steve Case ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Steve Case)
Michael Donoghue Michael Donoghue ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Michael Donoghue)
Ron Etter Ron Etter ... Evolutionist
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The highly anticipated, comic and controversial feature documentary, "Flock of Dodos: the evolution-intelligent design circus," is the first feature film to take an even-handed look at the intelligent design vs. evolution clash that appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek in 2005. Filmmaker, scientist, surfer and evolutionary biologist Dr. Randy Olson explores the controversy over the teaching of evolution and the recently developed alternative, intelligent design. Olson, a native of Kansas, visits his home state and the community of Dover, Pennsylvania, which attempted to introduce intelligent design in science classes. Olson draws on basic aspects of evolution as metaphors, including the extinct dodo, which he suggests symbolizes what happens to those unable to change with their environment. Featured are seven top advocates for intelligent design, including Dr. Michael Behe, author of "Darwin's Black Box," fourteen evolution Ph.D.'s, a poker game among eight evolutionists, a ... Written by Anonymous

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Evolutionary Ecologist, Randy Olson, tries to find out just who is the real "Flock of Dodos"

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Documentary

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief mild language
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Funny, timely doc
12 January 2007 | by ShiftbSee all my reviews

This was a really funny, interesting movie. It kind of has the tone of Super-Size Me, where it's a comedic documentary. But it's amazing how it jumps from funny to serious at the drop of a hat, the issue behind Intelligent Design/Evolution is one that everyone has an opinion about, and it is really at the heart of the divide between red state/blue state (I know those terms have been exploited in the media, but the movie does a good job of honestly showing both sides of the debate). Very even-handed film, made by an evolutionist Ph.D., but he's not afraid to make fun of the scientists he works with, so the movie is interesting to watch and very original/ unexpected. I saw it as part of an advanced screening at my college, they're apparently doing screenings all across the country starting in Feb. 2007, but it's not really out on Video or in Theatres besides that. Hard movie to find in theaters, so if you get a chance to see it you should go.


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2 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dover, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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