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2006-05-03 14:10:45

By Joseph A. Giannone NEW YORK (Reuters) - The biologist in Randy Olson cringed at news reports of evangelical Christians challenging the teaching of evolution to schoolchildren in places such as Kansas on the grounds it was just a theory. But the filmmaker in him feels just as strongly that scientists have done a lousy job explaining their side of the debate. The result is "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," a humorous and entertaining documentary that...

2006-02-03 00:05:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- The dodos came home to roost on Thursday in Kansas with the unveiling of a documentary film exploring the ongoing U.S. debate over how evolution should be taught to school children. A sold-out crowd of about 300 attended the screening in Overland Park, Kansas, of "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus." Mixing dancing dodos with discussions of embryonic research, politics and religion, the film examines the strengths and weaknesses...

2006-02-03 00:05:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The dodos came home to roost on Thursday in Kansas with the unveiling of a documentary film exploring the ongoing U.S. debate over how evolution should be taught to school children. A sold-out crowd of about 300 attended the screening in Overland Park, Kansas, of "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus." Mixing dancing dodos with discussions of embryonic research, politics and religion, the film examines the strengths and...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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