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Saturday, September 29, 2007

New documentary film about "the controversy"


The above cartoon is a rerun. It was very popular.

A Lawrence Journal-World article about a documentary film titled "Kansas v. Darwin" says,

In the beginning, God created controversy.

And filmmaker Jeff Tamblyn was there to cover it.

To clarify, this particular “beginning” took place in 2005 when three members of the Kansas State Board of Education — Steve Abrams, Kathy Martin and Connie Morris — conducted controversial hearings to debate where God belonged in the classroom. Specifically, in what ratio should evolution and intelligent design be implemented into the state’s school science standards?

That's pretty biased reporting. The question was not "where God belonged in the classroom," but was where criticism of Darwinism belonged in the classroom.

The article said,

. . . .“When we started the project and began to talk about it, the reception we got was chilly,” says Tamblyn, who directed, produced and co-wrote the enterprise.

“One of the first things that everybody asked us was, ‘Which side are you on?’ In fact, that may eventually become a tagline for the movie.”. . .

. . . . .More than 135 hours of footage later, Tamblyn started assembling the film with the help of co-writer/editor Mark von Schlemmer . . . .

. . . .“We thought we were done with the film a little over a year ago,” Tamblyn says. “We sent it out to some festivals like Toronto and Telluride, and it didn’t get in. But this prompted me to take another look at the story. I felt like we could make a better movie.”

The first editing revision turned out to be a metaphor for what sparked the initial controversy.

“We took out a lot of the science,” Tamblyn explains.

“There was a lot of stuff in there about cells and molecular biology. It was over people’s heads, and they were going to sleep. Instead, we really zeroed in on the politics and the politics of faith.”

Nearly a year and a half since the first festival edit floundered, “Kansas vs. Darwin” is making its official premiere Monday at the Kansas International Film Festival.

Well, when you "took out a lot of the science," you took out a lot of the core of the debate over whether weaknesses of Darwinism should be taught in the public schools. IMO that answers the question, "which side are you on"?

Although the religious side was in full force during the hearings, the Kansas Citizens for Science decided to stage a boycott. Their reasoning was that science is not something that can be determined in the courtroom.

This was not a "courtroom" -- it was a hearing of the Kansas Board of Education. And the purpose of the hearing was not to decide whether Darwinism is true or false, but was to determine whether weaknesses of Darwinism should be taught in public schools.

BTW, the "kangaroo court" excuse for the Darwinists' boycott of the Kansas BOE hearings just does not hold water. Why didn't the Darwinists boycott the Dover trial after learning that the judge was a conservative church-going Bush-appointed Republican?

There have been a number of other recent movie or TV productions about the controversy:

(1) "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," a 2006 movie

(2) "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," a movie scheduled for release in 2008

(3) "Darwin's Deadly Legacy", a Darwin-to-Hitler TV production

(4) A PBS TV NOVA series reenactment of the Dover trial
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5 Comments:

Blogger Moulton said...

Controversy, drama, and a good Shakespearean insult draws more attention than a solid scientific theory or a dull mathematical theorem.

Umberto Eco said, "Whereof we cannot make a theory, we must tell a story instead."

I say, even if we can craft a decent theory, we better tell a gripping story anyway, or no one will pay the slightest attention.

Sunday, September 30, 2007 5:34:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

"EXPELLED" will doubtless have its own bias, but it may serve to challenge the pro-Darwinist bias which now dominates the media. Olson's anti-ID movie "Flock of Dodos" contained many obvious misrepresentations of fact, which angered ID theorists. But Darwinists loved it.

A filmer named Olson, a snot:
"I'm Randy the Faker! I've shot
A movie that's phoney
And purely baloney;
But to flocks of dodos, it's hot!"

Sunday, September 30, 2007 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Said Cornelia, "That movie, EXPELLED,
May threaten the dogmas I've held!
I'll say the producers
Were tricky seducers
Of Dawkins: unfairly, he's yelled!"

Said Richard, "I babbled away
For producers, not knowing that they
Would think about views
Of all sorts! It's news
That my cries don't convince 'em today!"

Sunday, September 30, 2007 3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous sp said...

schrecklich

Monday, October 01, 2007 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Speaking of shreklisch, check out this gem at the web site for the Institute for Creation Research ...

"For the third year, the Museum of Creation and Earth History will celebrate Museum Day in conjunction with the nationwide Smithsonian Museum Day, as announced in Smithsonian magazine."

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 2:47:00 AM  

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