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Judgment Day - Intelligent Design on Trial
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Now, NOVA explores the arguments by lawyers and expert witnesses in riveting detail and provides an eye-opening crash course on questions such as What is evolution? and Is intelligent design a scientifically valid alternative? Featuring trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants and expert scientists, this gripping program presents the celebrated case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District.
I think it's important for people to see this ... If you glibly embrace intelligent design, or if you're in that 48 or 50 percent who believe creationism ought to be taught in school, I hope [you] will watch this. --Judge John E. Jones III, quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Leave it to the respected PBS science show NOVA to put some common sense back into the often hysterical debate over whether intelligent design is science or religion - and remind us that Darwin's theory of evolution is a solid one that should be taught in science classes. --Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post
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This DVD is a very engaging recount of the trial's action. The most memorable part of the film - and what sets it apart from other films that profile the case - is that this one reenacts pieces of the case, using actors to read from the actual transcript. In other words, we actually get to watch the moment when Ken Miller (the co-author of the "Dragonfly book") tears the very Christian lawyer from the Thomas Moore Law Center to shreds over his "just a thoery" remark. It really happened, and now, we get to see it brought back to life. If you value science, you will find this as entertaining as I did.
While the film's goal is to primarily profile the case, it also serves as a great explanation and defense of evolution. We hear, for instance, about what makes evolution falsifiable, and some of the most recent 'tests' it has undergone (with flying colors). We get the cursory tour of genetics and how it operates as the fundamental mechanism of evolutionary theory.
But most of all, this film is about the trial. The passion of both sides is well captured through interviews with many of the participants: we hear both from board members and plaintiffs, the Thomas Moore Law Center and the ACLU. I do not want to say, hosever, that this film is balanced. (It is a pro-science program, and as such, it is very pro-evolution).Read more ›
It can be seen from other sources that creationists often twist, distort and otherwise deceive and this same behavior is caught in the Dover incident. Unfortunately, the creationists don't admit to this and just write off the judge as unfair, the portrayals unfair and the deceit as an honest mistake. The final interview with the school superintendent after the judge's decision is very revealing. The judge makes the point that you need not abandon faith to see what evidence provides us - evolution. The arguments and drama is enjoyable. Check it out...
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What a tragic irony that in the last ninety years we have exchanged the prosecution of evolution for the prosecution of intelligent design. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Timbuktu
This is the most biased presentation of a court case I've ever seen. It's almost laughable the way evolution is presented by the desperate producers of this film, their acting and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thinker
very good movie makes you question and think about weather God is real or not . Sends you on a quest for more answers. I would encourage other people to buy and watch this. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cindy McDonald
For those who know little about evolution, or who don't read a lot, this movie will guide you down the path of one of the most important precedent setting cases in the battle... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by fenx1200
I teach in Jacksonville, FL, one of the stupidest towns in America. Almost every biology teacher at my school is a baptist, who doesn't buy into evolution. Ridiculous. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Beth Ashley
Ordered and received product on time in January 2013. I just got around to trying to look at it at the end of March. I hadn't even opened it until now. It's cracked. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I teach introductory level anthropology classes at a community college and I bought this movie to show my class during our section on evolution. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Maegan
This documentary is gripping to watch and a real eye-opener showing the dishonesty and level of hate to which the creationists will go to,even to hate mail and death threats... Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by C. Hall