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More Bad PR for Scientists

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyFeb 23, 2006 4:57 PM


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A new documentary, Flock of Dodos, is now out. The auteur, Randy Olson, is an "evolutionary ecologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard University." But he's also from Kansas originally, and he has made a film that apparently heaps a fair amount of scorn on both sides of the evolution debate:

"Flock of Dodos" audiences laugh at the expense of Olson's own evolutionist friends. While the evolutionists are playing poker and calling intelligent design proponents "yahoos" and "idiots," he turns the evolutionists into animated dodos, the extinct, flightless birds that were known for their lack of grace.

Or as Olson himself puts it: "This is a fairly embarrassing film for scientists; the guys at the poker table are very arrogant and obnoxious."I haven't seen the film yet, but if the description above is accurate, I can only hope that it will help serve as a wake-up call to scientists, alerting them to the fact that they are losing touch with the American public.

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