March 31, 2007 | David F. Coppedge

Two Films Fight the Consensus

Two film documentaries this month, though not on the subject of Darwinism, are contradicting scientific consensus.

  1. Global warming is man’s fault, right?:  A documentary by Martin Durkin called “The Great Global Warming Swindle” (see Channel 4.com) interviewed half a dozen notable climate scientists who dispute the human-caused global warming scare.  The entire documentary can be viewed on You Tube.
  2. Colleges educate students, right?  A new documentary called Indoctrinate U exposes the situation on many modern university campuses, where students are systematically indoctrinated by leftist ideologues.  Free speech is shouted down and political correctness reigns supreme, producer Evan Coyne Maloney attempts to document with interviews and examples.

Meanwhile, Randy Olsen’s Darwin vs. ID film Flock of Dodos is still making the rounds.  It is garnering more fans on the pro-Darwin side.  Proponents of intelligent design have caught this film refuting itself.  It criticized Jonathan Wells for claiming that textbooks still exhibit Haeckel’s embryos, claiming that this alleged inaccuracy undermines the credibility of the rest of the book.  But after the production, Wells produced current textbooks that do use the Haeckel drawings.  Olsen’s film also produced an alleged creationist graphic that actually came from a parody site.  Do these inaccuracies not undermine the credibility of the rest of the film, they ask?

The medium is not the problem.  Film can be good; film can be bad.  The ideas expressed via the sensation-enriched medium of film still need to be evaluated on the validity of the claims made.  Watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth side-by-side with The Great Global Warming Swindle and decide who makes the better case – not who has the better background music, camera angles or other enhancements.  At least now there are alternative viewpoints for astute baloney detectors to compare.

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