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Flock of Dodos Film : Let’s Decide Who’s the Dodo

May 16, 2007

1familyman says, “My family is going to make a party out of this.  We’ll watch and compare the Dodos with Discovery Institute’s information and make up our own minds. 

For a quickie.  My kids, looking over my shoulder, say  “Haeckel’s Embryo Drawings” have shown up in their text books. 

The Family Party Dodo Scoring Plan:

 Each student in my family gets a vote for each  of the 10 “Truths” noted below. 

Highest score: 30         As of May 16, 2007

Intelligent Design / Discovery Institute   3         Darwinists  / Olson / Dodos   0     


In Flock of Dodos oceanographer Randy Olson makes a number of false assertions about Discovery Institute and scientists and scholars associated with the Institute. Here we expose two of the most egregious false facts in the film.

The Truth

  • Showtime Falls for Filmmakers Hoax
  • Olson’s Hoax on Haeckel’s Embryos
  • Olson’s Hoax on Discovery’s Budget
  • Hoax of Dodos Video
  • Podcast: Flock of Dodos Filmmaker Admits Film is Wrong
  • Haeckel’s Embryo Drawings Compared to 2002 Biology textbook
  • The “Wedge Document”: How Darwinist Paranoia Fueled an Urban Legend
  • The Truth About Discovery Institute’s Role in the Dover School District Case
  • The Truth about Icons of Evolution: Responding to Smears against Dr. Wells
  • The Truth About Discovery Institute
  • Olson’s Hoax on Haeckel’s Embryos
    Flock of Dodos Filmmaker Claims Haeckel’s Embryo Drawings Weren’t in Modern Textbooks—But They Really Are
    Were Ernst Haeckel’s bogus embryo diagrams ever used in modern textbooks to prove evolution? Not according to filmmaker Olson, who in the film portrays biologist Jonathan Wells as a fraud for claiming in his book Icons of Evolution (2000) that modern biology textbooks continue to reprint Haeckel-based drawings.
    But it turns out that Olson is the one who is promoting a fraud. The diagrams in question were unquestionably used in modern textbooks.
    Ignorance is no excuse. At a pre-release screening of Olson’s film at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography in San Diego in April, 2006, Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin confronted Olson with copies of recent textbooks that reused Haeckel’s drawings.
    Click here to download a PDF with all documentation.
  • Olson’s Hoax Discovery’s Budget
    Flock of Dodos Filmmaker Uses Fuzzy Math and Falsehoods to Distort the Truth about Discovery Institute
    According to Flock of Dodos, Discovery Institute has a huge budget for its intelligent design program that dwarfs the resources of evolution’s supporters. “The Discovery Institute is truly the big fish in this picture, with an annual budget of around 5 million dollars,” Olson tells the audience. Later, a woman is shown repeating the same figure. The clear impression left with viewers is that the Institute spends $5 million a year to promote intelligent design.
    Not even close.
    The budget for the entire Discovery Institute, including expenditures on non-intelligent design programs such as transportation, technology, foreign policy, bioethics and other topics, has never reached $5 million a year.
    Click here to download a PDF with all documentation.
  • Source: Discovery Institute – Article Database – Hoax of Dodos

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