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Darwin's Dilemma

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Darwin's Dilemma examines what many consider to be the most powerful refutation of Darwinian evolution - the Cambrian fossil record.

Charles Darwin realized that the fossil evidence did not support his theory of gradual, step-by-step evolutionary development. He hoped that future generations of scientists would make the discoveries necessary to validate his ideas.

Today, after more than 150 years of exploration fossil evidence of slow, incremental biological change has yet to be excavated. Instead, we find a picture of the rapid appearance of fully developed, complex organisms during the outset of the Cambrian geological era. Organisms that embody the major animal body plans that exist today. This remarkable explosion of life is truly Darwin's Dilemma and is best explained by the existence of a transcendent intelligence.

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Special Features

Scientists and scholars answer questions about the Cambrian explosion and intelligent design
Virtual museum of Cambrian fossils
Reference library of books on the Cambrian explosion, evolution, and intelligent design
Music from the original score of Darwin's Dilemma
More than 60 minutes of extra features

Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Meyer, Paul Nelson, Jonathan Wells, Douglas Axe
  • Directors: Lad Allen
  • Writers: Lad Allen
  • Producers: Lad Allen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Illustra Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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377 of 444 people found the following review helpful By Mark McMenamin on April 16, 2010
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My name is Mark McMenamin. I have completed a PhD on the fossils of the Cambrian Explosion, have published several books on the subject, and am a devout Christian. At the present time I am actively researching the latest fossil discoveries from Cambrian boundary strata.

This video is an outstanding success. It presents the design argument better than anything I have seen before. From the perspective of a scientist informed about the raw data, the main thrust of the film is absolutely correct. Just as Darwin (to his credit) pointed out, a robust Cambrian Explosion destroys the concept of evolution by gradual natural selection. If anything, the Cambrian event seems even more abrupt than it did in Darwin's day.

I wrote to both James Valentine and Simon Conway Morris after, to my astonishment, seeing them appear in this video. Valentine, although no Intelligent Design proponent to be sure, admits that epigenetic transmission of information (i.e., heritable information not transmitted by nuclear DNA) really does happen. This has huge implications for how we understand evolutionary change.

Although Simon Conway Morris admits that we do not fully understand evolution, he claims that the Cambrian event is uncomplicated natural selection at play. How can this be, when the Early Cambrian Chinese fossil chordate Myllokunmingia appears comparable in complexity to a modern catfish? This is sudden appearance of complexity, not ordinary microevolution. Andy Knoll at Harvard has been quoted recently as saying that it is natural selection all the way. Please, gentlemen, it is time to think more broadly, and it is past time to provide a persuasive scientific basis for these opinions about the efficacy of natural selection.
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233 of 287 people found the following review helpful By L. Galbraith on September 18, 2009
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Judging from all the name-calling and lack of substantive response by the detractors of Darwin's Dilemma you know this film has hit a home run. The documentary reveals the huge scientific problems with Darwin's theory as it relates to the Cambrian Explosion.

This is not a religious film but atheists hate it because the scientific evidence is deeply disturbing to their belief system. The absence of transitional forms between the animal body plans implies design rather than a gradual, unguided cobbling together of adaptations.

The movie shows how the Precambrian layer contains single-celled creatures but no obvious ancestors of the Cambrian Phyla. By looking at the Burgess Shale of BC and the Chengjiang fossils of China the film shows how soft-bodied and microscopic creatures are exquisitely well preserved in the rocks but no transitional forms connect the animal phyla. Thus, the old Darwinist excuse that the transitionals really did exist but were too small and soft-bodied to be preserved is untenable.

The interviews with Cambrian fossil experts James Valentine and Simon Conway Morris are very informative. It's difficult for Darwinists to brush off the opinions of these evolutionary biologists because they aren't affiliated with the Intelligent Design movement. They're simply giving a candid assessment of the fossil evidence and the subsequent challenge it poses for Darwin's theory.

The computer graphics are well done and very helpful. Overall, it's an excellent documentary that's well worth seeing if you want to be a scientifically literate person.
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197 of 243 people found the following review helpful By Daniel N. Lionsden on October 23, 2009
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"The Cambrian explosion was the most remarkable and puzzling event in the history of life"--Stephen Jay Gould, (1994) "The Evolution of Life on Earth," Scientific American, 271:85-91, October.

The Cambrian explosion continues to be an enigma to evolutionists for good reasons. It does not square with their belief that life originated in a primordial sea as a single-celled organism that evolved into the myriad life forms seen in the fossil record and living organisms. There should have been innumerable intermediate links.

Darwin asked,
"Firstly, why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? Why is not all nature in confusion instead of the species being, as we see them, well defined?"

He answered this problem by saying that the fossil record is imperfect, but even so, there should have been numerous transitional forms that were not well defined species. If evolution is true, they should have been the majority of all fossils as Darwin said. It is absurd to think that the only time organisms were fossilized was when they were fully differentiated. Yet this is what evolutionists seem to believe. They offer only a paltry few fossils they claim to be intermediates.

Most paleontologists believe complex life forms evolved on earth about 530 million years ago. They call this period the Cambrian. At 22, Charles Darwin studied Cambrian fossils with Adam Sedgwick long before he wrote The Origin of Species. He never reconciled his theory with the Cambrian fossils. Sedgwick never accepted Darwin's theory and spoke against it.
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