Discovering dodos: Evolution-intelligent design film to show at Sternberg

Fort Hays State University's Science and Mathematics Education Center is sponsoring a free showing of the film "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus" at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

The film includes information about the debate between intelligent design and evolution, as featured on the covers of Time magazine and Newsweek magazine in 2005, and focuses specifically on the extinct dodo bird.

When Portuguese sailors arrived on the island of Mauritius, they found the dodo bird and soon realized it was easy prey, being unafraid of humans and unable to fly. Since the bird couldn't evolve along with its environment, it became extinct at the end of the 17th century.

The film humorously tries to discover who the dodo birds are in today's society. With scientists who are failing to promote evolution as a scientifically accepted fact, intelligent design advocates, and the American public, it makes the comparison.

A panel discussion about faith and science, and the communication difficulties between them will follow the showing.

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