Flight: The Genius of Birds

FlightGeniusOfBirdsSuggested by Brad Nelson • Filmed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland and Antarctica, FLIGHT explores mysteries of a bird’s anatomy, instinct, and behaviors to reveal stunning evidence of intelligent design in the living world.
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3 Responses to Flight: The Genius of Birds

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This is a moderately-detailed documentary about birds. You’ll get an overview at some of their remarkable features.

    I rented this from Amazon Instant Video yesterday. And it’s not that I’m promoting Amazon. I just offhand don’t know where else to conveniently find it. You might check your local library.

    Flight is ostensibly about intelligent design. But the intelligent design schtick doesn’t really come until the end as Paul Nelson, who is an excellent spokesman/narrator, sums things up. But throughout this hour-long film the narrators/commenters do refer to the various features of birds being designed, so there is that steady theme.

    Although this film would make the skin of an atheist crawl because of the suggestion that Darwinism can’t explain all things, the film is ideologically very light. In fact, it’s a bit too light in content, although I understand that adding things such as computer animation is expensive. Consider this documentary a way to whet one’s appetite for further exploration.

    But it’s a bit more detailed and satisfying than its sister film by Illustra Media, Metamorphosis. While the cinematography is beautiful, the factual content is even less than in Flight. The most interesting part was the bit about the amazing tongues of butterflies. Even then, a little more detail would be nice. If the major thrust of these films is to highlight their designed nature, then by all means they should delve more into the architecture.

    These films are clearly meant for a very general audience. However, I would click the knob one more notch in the direction of “smart” if they add another to this series. By all means, rent or borrow Flight if you can find it. It’s the better of the two films.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of metamorphosis, one of the best arguments for intelligent design involves the butterfly. In the chrysalis (or pupa) stage, the caterpillar basically liquifies about 90% of its cells before being assembled into the final form: the butterfly.

    The challenge for neo-Darwinists is to come up with a scenario whereby dumb, blind, not-thinking-ahead processes can step from the caterpillar, to the caterpillar soup inside the chrysalis, and to the final product, the butterfly. And each stage of this evolutionary transformation (presumably involving a gradation of species, one incrementally evolving into the other) must be an adaptive advantage as well as always including an insect that could breed.

    Impossible is the word that comes to mind.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    I wonder if this is a best-seller in Bodega Bay. If it is, it might be good to see who is buying the video. Just in case . . .

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