Flight

Flight

The Genius of Birds

DVD - 2013
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Each episode explores a different realm of the animal kingdom and the remarkable biological systems that make life on Earth possible. Photographed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica, it probes mysteries and mechanisms of a bird's anatomy, instinct, navigation, and embryology to reveal stunning provisions essential for life in the skies. Shows the marvels of bird flight: the rapid wingbeat of hummingbirds, the ability of the Arctic tern to navigate both polar oceans with a round trip of 24,000 miles per year, the bone and muscle structure that enables birds to fly. All of this is used to support the creation argument for intelligent design.
Publisher: [La Mirada, CA] : Illustra Media, c2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 63 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Genius of birds

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gregforschler
Jul 06, 2017

Creationist propaganda. Avoid.

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naturalist
Aug 19, 2015

Creationism, as are all Illustra Media productions. . . .
exposed - see: . . .
http://www.nmsr.org/smkg-gun.htm
and,
About Illustra Media / Discovery Institute productions:
https://illustramedia.com/productions/
These productions promote intelligent design creationism and deny scientific evolutionary biology. As such, they should be catalogued in the 200s Religion and Mythology.
and,
“Unlocking the Mystery of Illustra Media”
NCSE staff, posted June 30, 2003, at National Center for Science Education
https://ncse.com/creationism/analysis/unlocking-mystery-illustra-media
and,
another reference to Illustra Media:
“Intelligent Design Overview For US Science Teachers”
by Mike Huben, posted May 18, 2006
http://huben.us/wiki/Intelligent_Design_Overview_For_US_Science_Teachers
and,
Isaac Newton refuted:
“Gravity is only a theory. Study intelligent falling or intelligent pulling.”
by Levi Jones, Associate Pastor of Theology, Landover Baptist Church
http://www.landoverbaptist.net/index.php/2015/10/13/gravity-is-a-lie-gravity-is-only-a-theory-intelligent-falling-intelligent-pulling-gravity-is-only-a-theory-study-intelligent-falling-or-intelligent-pulling/
and,
author information:
Paul Nelson (creationist)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Nelson_(creationist)
and,
Dispatches from the Creation Wars - Paul Nelson’s Outrageous Lie
by Ed Brayton, posted May 28, 2006, at Science Blogs
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2006/05/28/paul-nelsons-outrageous-lie/
and, famously,
#293 in the Encyclopedia of American Loons
http://americanloons.blogspot.ca/2012/02/293-paul-nelson.html
and, re:
Timothy G. Standish of the Geoscience Research Institute
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Geoscience_Research_Institute

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bobgrant
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.

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petehoover98118
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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