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Images: 'Flock of Dodos' looks at evolution circus

A new film takes a closer look at the debate between evolution and intelligent design to see which side makes more sense.
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Randy Olson

In "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," filmmaker Randy Olson goes back to his childhood grounds in Kansas to determine who are the real dodos--advocates of intelligent design or evolutionists on the verge of media extinction.

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Poker game

Randy Olson, who left a job teaching science to pursue a filmmaking career, gathered his evolutionist colleagues for a game of poker, which degenerated into mud slinging against the notion of intelligent design. While the evolutionists are playing poker and calling intelligent-design proponents "yahoos" and "idiots," he turns the evolutionists into animated dodos, the extinct, flightless birds that were known for their lack of grace.

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Movie poster

The poster advertising Olson's film. In Stony Brook, N.Y., a 500-seat auditorium was swamped for last week's screening, and guards had to lock the doors and turn away an overflow crowd. At the film's first screening, in Kansas, the post-film discussion fell into chaos.

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