A little while ago Ken alerted me to an Intelligent Design website that appeared to be set up to provide ID ‘resources’ to teachers & others who might be interested. Today I found time to wander over & have a look at what was on offer (not much, at the moment). The site’s owner is ‘idfilms’, who tell us that
idfilms was established with the express purpose of reinvigorating and expanding the ID discussion in New Zealand and Australia.
The people behind idfilms are committed to the search for truth about the origin of life and the universe, just like you.
The only resource currently on offer on the Products Page is a DVD entitled”Darwin’s Dilemma”, for which the blurb reads:
Darwin’s Dilemma explores one of the great mysteries in the history of life: The geologically-sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animal types in the fossil record without any trace of the gradual transitional steps Charles Darwin had predicted. Frequently described as ’the Cambrian Explosion,’ the development of these new animal types required a massive increase in genetic information. ’The big question that the Cambrian Explosion poses is where does all that new information come from?’ says Dr. Stephen Meyer, a featured expert in the documentary.
Interesting, given the subject matter, that one of the DVD’s ‘featured experts’ is neither a geneticist nor an evolutionary biologist…
Anyway, back to the issue of “Darwin’s Dilemma” (which isn’t a particularly accurate characterisation, given that discovery of the extensive Cambrian biota happened well after his death). Nor is the idea of an ‘explosion’ all that accurate, as the evidence from palaeontology and molecular biology points to a rather more ancient origin for the various phyla found in Cambrian rocks.
The statement that
the development of these new animal types required a massive increase in genetic information