Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus
Film screening, discussion and Q & A
Co-presented with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science and the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney
14 May 2012
Randy Olson is a filmmaker whose work addresses contemporary controversies in science, including the evolution vs. intelligent design debate that is current in the USA. His feature documentary, Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus uses humorous animation in addition to extensive interviews to explore how and why intelligent design has emerged and how and why debate about evolution is influenced by politics, educational policy, and scientific and popular culture. Randy Olson joined Sydney Ideas for a screening of Flock of Dodos and for a panel discussion and Q & A about the intelligent design debate from a range of perspectives.
- 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, n 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.