They showed us the movie Flock of Dodos at the Evolution Meeting. Randy Olson (the director) was also there to field questions. So was Eugenie Scott. Someone asked about scientists boycotting the Kansas Kangaroo Court. Olson thought it was a bad idea because it made it look like the scientists couldn’t deal with the “criticisms of evolution”. Scott defended the boycott by arguing that because the school board’s decision was predecided, scientists would have only legitimized Connie Morris and her posse of ignorance. In case you care, I agree with Genie.
I think Flock of Dodos is a movie worth seeing (especially if you can swing a free screening). Olson’s thesis is that the creationist movement is bad for the American education system, but biologists aren’t doing a very good job dealing with it. He’s really into catch phrases and framing, but it would be much nicer if we could educate the public to the point where it can move beyond advertising tactics. Until then, we need something equivalent to “Teach the Controversy” for our side. Any suggestions?