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A Flock of Dodos: free film screening tonight


14 May 2012

'A Flock of Dodos' uses humorous animation and interviews to explore the debate about evolution and intelligent design.
'A Flock of Dodos' uses humorous animation and interviews to explore the debate about evolution and intelligent design.

There are still seats left at a free screening tonight of a probing yet humorous documentary on the debate between believers in intelligent design, and the scientists who support evolution theories.

A Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, a film by Randy Olson, uses humorous animation and interviews to explore how the debate about evolution and intelligent design is influenced by politics, educational policy, and scientific and popular culture.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker Randy Olson, the University of Sydney professors Paul Griffiths and Ben Oldroyd, and Dr Steven Orzack, Senior Research Scientist at the Fresh Pond Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Audience members will also be able to take part in a question and answer session.

The panellists are:

Professor Paul Griffiths, University Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy and Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney and Professor of Philosophy of Science, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter.

Professor Ben Oldroyd, an expert in the behavioural, evolutionary and population genetics of bees and professor of Behavioural Genetics, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.

Randy Olson, scientist-turned-filmmaker and director of Flock of Dodos. Previously a professor of marine biology, his other feature documentaries include Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy. His book Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style takes a critical look at science communication.

Dr Steven Orzack, biologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Fresh Pond Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Currently a visiting fellow at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.


Event details

What: A Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus film screening, discussion and Q&A. A Sydney Ideas event, co-presented with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science and the School of Biological Sciences

When: 6pm, Monday 14 May (includes film screening of 84 mins)

Where: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus

Cost: Free but registration is recommended 


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