Here’s a trailer for the HBO documentary about evolution and religion that I mentioned a while back:



The film was made by Antony Thomas, who is a very prominent documentary filmmaker from England. I was one of the talking heads interviewed for the film, and Antony wrote to tell me that some of my interview made it into the final cut. Yay me! I have not seen the finished film, but from our conversations I am confident it will not suggest that creationism has any scientific credibility whatsoever.

Comments

  1. #1 maria
    http://perldrunks.org
    January 28, 2014

    Everybody has there own opinions and view points and guess what, they are entitled to it. The problems when people who have influence try to convince other that their viewpoint is the correct one. For instance a teacher who does not let students create their own imagination but tries to push for their agendas. Just food for thought.

  2. #2 GregH
    January 28, 2014

    Maria: Well, my opinion is that you and your website are filled with the kind of delicious kookiness that only comes from someone who has given biology a lot of thought.

  3. #3 Michael Kelsey
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    January 29, 2014

    @Maria: You are so right! When religious extremests try to push for their own agendas, and prevent students from thinking critically by forcing them to accept dogmatic statements, it really makes me angry. Just food for thought.

  4. #4 MNb
    January 29, 2014

    @Maria: “try to convince other that their viewpoint is the correct one”
    Are you someone who tries to convince others that your viewpoint is the wrong one? Just food for thought.

  5. #5 Daniel Welch
    January 29, 2014

    I’m glad your confident on the content, but the trailer (not to mention the title) makes it sound like something coming straight out of the Discovery Institute.

  6. #6 Reginald Selkirk
    January 29, 2014

    Those children reciting “the Garden of Eden” (0:05) sound like brainwashed drones.

  7. #7 Blaine
    January 30, 2014

    Should be say an ‘Ave Maria’…
    sorry, couldn’t resist.

  8. #8 Mano
    January 30, 2014

    @Maria: yes you are right, teachers should avoid to educate children, instead they should discuss with them and admit they (the teachers) could be wrong.
    /irony off.

  9. #9 Science Avenger
    January 30, 2014

    “Everybody has [their] own opinions and view points and guess what, they are entitled to it. The problems when people who have [no fucking idea what they are talking about] try to convince other[s] that their viewpoint is the correct one. ”

    FTFY.

  10. #10 ryan
    California
    February 1, 2014

    @Maria – “Everybody has there own opinions and view points and guess what, they are entitled to it.”

    Unfortunately, there is absolutely no evidence / logic / reason to support the assertion that there is, essentially, a magical man in the sky, judging everyone, and granting their wishes. This belief in “god” is a delusion. It is forced upon others by those who believe. It is harmful for society and harmful for the individual.

    Children are indoctrinated into this belief by their religious parents, the clergy and are never given a choice. They are brainwashed before they have the capability to think for themselves. They are often presented with a “straw-man” of various scientific theories and told they are invalid. They are often instructed not to trust science. They are essentially inoculated against science / logic / critical thinking and their minds are crippled as a result.

    They also start to believe that a celestial dictator is judging them 24/7 and will send them to eternal torture if they do/don’t live in a certain manner. Most will carry this fear around with them for the rest of their lives. This is mental imprisonment, and it is wrong to inflict this on others – especially defenseless children.

  11. #11 jigolo
    http://www.jigoloekstra.com
    February 4, 2014

    Well, in my opinion and I gave a lot of thought to your website only biology comes from one species is filled with delicious kookiness.

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