The Genius of Birds

DVD - 2013
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Flight is highlighted by technical and artistic excellence that rivals documentaries like Planet Earthand March of the Penguins. Photographed in North America, Peru, England, Greenland and Antarctica, Flight combines stunning imagery and computer animation with cutting-edge research and an original musical score to celebrate birds and their incomparable ability to live in the skies.
Publisher: [United States] : Illustra Media, c2013
Branch Call Number: 598 FLI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 63 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Genius of birds


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Very educational, or so it seems, but the ending takes a strange tangent. What starts as a lovely film about birds and insects and how they flight soon becomes a movie about how humans cannot know the mysteries of flight because clearly it was made by a higher power? I'm not knocking religion or anything, but even this argument seemed to be very weak.

Jul 06, 2017

Creationist propaganda. Avoid.

Aug 19, 2015

Creationism, as are all Illustra Media productions. . . .
exposed - see: . . .
About Illustra Media / Discovery Institute productions:
These productions promote intelligent design creationism and deny scientific evolutionary biology. As such, they should be catalogued in the 200s Religion and Mythology.
“Unlocking the Mystery of Illustra Media”
NCSE staff, posted June 30, 2003, at National Center for Science Education
another reference to Illustra Media:
“Intelligent Design Overview For US Science Teachers”
by Mike Huben, posted May 18, 2006
Isaac Newton refuted:
“Gravity is only a theory. Study intelligent falling or intelligent pulling.”
by Levi Jones, Associate Pastor of Theology, Landover Baptist Church
author information:
Paul Nelson (creationist)
Dispatches from the Creation Wars - Paul Nelson’s Outrageous Lie
by Ed Brayton, posted May 28, 2006, at Science Blogs
and, famously,
#293 in the Encyclopedia of American Loons
and, re:
Timothy G. Standish of the Geoscience Research Institute

May 26, 2015

If you think you are about to see great scenes of birds flying or wonderful cinematography, don't bother. There are brief lovely scenes of hummingbirds and starlings but little else. The genius of flight is poorly explained and I would have liked to hear from an actual scientist.

Oct 25, 2014

Propaganda by the Discovery Institute, which is listed in the credits, but after a company of lawyers, which is odd for a Nature film to need. It seems that a lot of the material was purloined from people who did not approve of their name being associated with this film in any way.
The film starts out nicely enough, seeming to be a Nature film, but then it takes a strange leap off the anti-evolution cliff.
It does give some insight into the mindset of the anti-evolution crowd, which can be hard to understand because when you ask them for an explanation they always do something profoundly immoral once they run out of patience.
This film is done by Young Earth Creationists, not Old Earth Creationists.
This means that they can not imagine that our world could be developed over an incredibly long time. Birds have been around for 165 million years, since the Jurasic period, and these folks can not accept that.
Then they make a serious theological error: rather than observe the world and Mankind's place in it and wonder at the power of God, they remake God in the image of Mankind, and assume that what we could do is what God does.
This is a sin against the First Commandment, for the Judao-Christian-Islamic tradition.
It is best to avoid this film unless you want to see how a well-financed lie works.

nancywinans56 Oct 16, 2013

A beautiful and fascinating film, and thought-provoking too, for those capable of re-thinking Darwinian orthodoxy.

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