On October 28, the 'Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival' will bring 'Flock of Dodos' to the Sam Noble Natural History Museum.
Of course, I have a test on the 29th, so Im not sure if I will be able to go-- But I did recently get to see 'Flock of Dodos', thanks to Netflix. I think it is awesome that Randy Olson is following his dreams, and I think he could team up with XVIVO and other heavily pro-science entertainment companies to do some really cool stuff for science education.
Believe it or not, despite my track record in dealing with Creationists and the fact I grew up in Missouri (we get the KC Star, Mom sends me funny Creationist letters-to-the editor from the Metro section too hehehe!), I learned a lot from 'Flock.' As Ive said a million times on this blog, I had a very sheltered upbringing. I didnt understand 'Creationism Wars I' when it was happening, so it was really cool to see all of the characters involved in that fiasco.
But I didnt like how Randy fr*med the characters in 'Flock.'
It was cliche.
- I do not want to have a beer with Bill Dembski. I dont want to have a beer with Michael 'LiLo' Behe. They are not 'nice people'. They are not 'charismatic speakers.' Theyre professional con-artists and pathological jerks. Whats so nice about attacking students? Whats so nice about Behes non-science reply? Theyre jerks. Call them on it. Quit playing their 'Oh Im just a good-ol-boy' game.
- Get a bunch of drunk scientists together and have them talk about Creationists. Thats a great idea *rolleyes* Get a bunch of drunk scientists together and get them to talk about some topic in HIV research-- youll get the same response. Belligerent, yelling over one another, good times. But get a bunch of sober scientists together to have a forum with college students about Creationism, and youll get a completely different response. Certainly there are 'personalities' in science, but scientists in general are nice, and want nothing more than to share their research with anyone who asks. We're talking over your head? Say something! We will try to fix it! Still over your head, we will try again! And dont give me that Ivory Tower crap either. Been there, done that.