News story: Ciara Eastell appointed to Arts Council England

first_imgCiara Eastell OBE is Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, a nationally renowned charity and social enterprise trialling new and innovative models for delivering modern library services. A Chartered Librarian for over 20 years, Ciara led the establishment of Libraries Unlimited and has continued to drive the organisation forward over the past two years, gaining National Portfolio Organisation status from Arts Council England, expanding the organisation’s geographical reach, developing new digital-making services through its growing network of FabLabs and securing more than £1 million in additional funding to improve and enhance library services.Her extensive experience in public libraries has seen roles in a number of library services across England over the past 20 years, including Nottinghamshire, Gateshead, Cambridgeshire, Somerset and Devon, where she was Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage for Devon County Council and lead the library service for almost eight years.Ciara was President of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) from 2014 – 2016; was an inaugural member of the national Libraries Taskforce and is a member of the British Library’s Advisory Council. Ciara was amongst the first cohort of Fellows to take part in the Clore Leadership Programme in 2005. She was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2017 for services to libraries.The role is not remunerated. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Ciara has declared no such political activity.last_img read more

Students network at rescheduled Career Fair

first_imgEven though the snowstorm that hit campus Feb. 2 caused many headaches and forced the Winter Career Fair to be cancelled, the Career Center’s rescheduled Career Fair was a success, said Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center, said. “Students have been very supportive as they realized the crippling effects the weather would have had on the Career Fair and the safety issues involved if we pushed forward and tried to host the event in February,” he said. The Fair was postponed for more than a month until Thursday, when it ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joyce Center Heritage Hall. The Diversity Reception ran from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Monogram Room. Monahan said it was the first time in his 10 years with the Career Center that a career fair had been postponed. “As early as Monday of that week, we had received news of thousands of flight cancellations and anticipated shutdowns of major highways. Postponing the fair was the right decision as the well being of students, staff, and employers was our top concern,” he said. “Within 24 hours, we had already rebooked the Joyce Center and started communicating details to companies and students about the new date.” With the extra time the Career Center was able to keep the majority of the original firms set to attend, while bringing in a few more companies, including Land’s End, Chrysler and Frito-Lay, Monahan said. 104 firms were in attendance Friday, and firms also adjusted on-campus interview schedules during February and March. “Some firms kept their original on-campus interview dates while others pushed back until after the fair,” he said. “Overall, spring on-campus recruiting is up about 25 percent from last year.” Junior Rachel Chalich said she has been to every Career Fair while attending Notre Dame, except while she was abroad last semester. “I think that there were just as many students at the fair today as there have been in past years,” she said. “It seemed like there were fewer employers, but the event was logistically set up differently, so it is really hard to be certain.” Chalich said her biggest worry about the Career Fair being pushed back was the availability of positions.  “Of those in attendance, I am curious as to how many actually had jobs and internships available or if those positions had already been filled,” she said. “I was fortunate enough to be unaffected by the change in date. My recruiters still kept on the same schedule; they just didn’t have the Career Fair as a resource.” Monahan said this is not the first time the Career Center has held an employer fair in March. As of 10 years ago, the Career Center hosted a career fair in January and a separate internship fair in March. “Taking feedback from students and employers, we decided to move to one fair during the spring semester,” Monahan said. He said the Career Center estimates between 1,000 and 1,200 students attended, which is typical for on-campus career fairs. “I anticipate more first years and sophomores attending than in the past in order to get a head start on their career search efforts,” he said. Chalich said she began using the Career Fair as a freshman. “I think we’re spoiled by the work they do, and then you talk to friends who go to other schools where the ‘Career Center’ is one person behind a desk,” she said. “The staff at the Career Center know the industries, they know the employers, and they know the steps needed to get you where you want to be.”last_img read more

Master 4-H’ers

first_imgAfter a year of hard work and dedication, close to 150 Georgia 4-H youths were named state winners at the Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia.Georgia 4-H members earn an invitation to compete at State Congress through hard work and dedication. At the beginning of the year, students select an area of study, give an oral presentation before judges at their respective District Project Achievement (DPA), and participate in service and leadership events in their communities throughout the year.Then the regional first place winners compete at State Congress in a variety of categories including history, horses, performing arts, and public speaking. Each student gives a 12-minute presentation before expert judges and is interviewed about their portfolio that details their research, leadership and service projects.Arch Smith, state leader for the Georgia 4-H program, calls State 4-H Congress is “the annual capstone event” of the program’s year. “Learn by Doing is a slogan of 4-H, and Georgia 4-H members who have been involved in the Project Achievement process competed for the honor of being named state winner last week,” he said. “We recognized nearly 150 state winners at the annual banquet in 4-H educational programs from agriculture to performing arts to food preparation and healthy living. We are proud of these young people who have reached the highest level of attainment of over 238,000 4-H participants during the program year that ended in July.” This year’s winners, listed by home county, are:BACONMason McClintock, General RecreationBERRIENLeAnn Beville, Fashion RevueBIBBLarry Howard, Food for FitnessBLECKLEYCaleb Moseley, Food Safety and PreservationBULLOCHWilliam Gatch, Outdoor RecreationBURKEHannah Eckerman, PhotographyCHATTOOGAMary Anna Bentley, Dairy and Milk ScienceLily Thibodeaux, Human DevelopmentCOFFEESavannah Cothern, Dairy FoodsEvie Woodward, Performing Arts – VocalCOLUMBIAEmma Wurst, SafetyCRISPKayla Stephens, Workforce Prep and Career DevelopmentDOUGHERTYTandria Burke, Companion and Specialty AnimalsDOUGLASRhiannon Perrien, EntomologyEFFINGHAMOwen Mercer, Plant and Soil SciencePayton Mercer, HistoryELBERTEmma Williams, Fruits, Vegetables, and NutsEMANUELSavannah Reynolds, Food for Health and SportFULTONAdin Burwell, Environmental ScienceGORDONOlivia Forrest, InternationalGRADYAsher Childs, Pork ProductionLily Norton, Sheep and Meat GoatsLizzy Thompson, Festive Foods for HealthHALLGracie McBride, SportsHARALSONJozie Mize, Food FareHARTRachel Tellano, Arts and CraftsBen Tellano, CommunicationsHENRYAshlyn Donaldson, Forest Resources/Wood ScienceHOUSTONAllen Brooks, Performing Arts – GeneralEvelyn Day, Veterinary ScienceJACKSONAndie Ellett, Performing Arts – DramaJASPERKeri Roach, Family Resource ManagementLOWNDESDaniel Peterson, Poultry and Egg ScienceMADISONDonovan Nelson, Public SpeakingClayton Adams, RoboticsMITCHELLAbi Pace, Performing Arts – DanceMONROEAustin Wiggins, BeefMORGANSusan Bishop, HealthLeah Wall, Performing Arts – PianoNEWTONLavendar Harris, Wildlife and Marine ScienceOCONEEDavid Han, Physical, Biological and Earth SciencesAmelia Sale, Housing, Equipment and EnvironmentKalani Washington, Performing Arts – Other InstrumentalPAULDINGNicholas McKinley, Engineering and MechanicsSPALDINGJhaycee Barnes, Computer Information TechnologyTHOMASMichaela Falconer, Dog Care and TrainingTIFTLydia Connell, HorseTOOMBSHannah Page, Flowers, Shrubs and LawnsTREUTLENTrevor Byrd, Target SportsWEBSTERSavannah Matthews, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.last_img read more

One dead, deputy injured in Palm Beach County shooting

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriffs department is reporting that one of it’s undercover officers was injured in a shooting involving a known MS-13 gang member.The incident occurred around 8:00 pm at Turnberry Apartments near PGA Boulevard and Military Trail.According to the report, the undercover narcotics deputy and other agents, met the suspect in a parking lot close to the apartments where the dealer lived to conduct a drug deal.The agents pulled up behind the suspect vehicle and identified themselves. An agent then walked up to the driver’s side of the suspect’s car and that when the suspect pulled out a weapon and shot him two, to three times.  The deputy then opened fire on the suspect, killing him in his vehicle.The deputy, who just turned 29 that same evening, was rushed to the hospital with a bullet lodged in his cheek.  He is currently undergoing surgery and is expected to be ok.last_img read more

MercyOne North Iowa opens testing COVID-19 testing center

first_imgMASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa opened their remote COVID-19 testing site at the North Iowa Events Center on Wednesday. That drive-through clinic is only available to those people who have been screened and referred and is not open to the general public. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, you’ll need to call the MercyOne Family Healthline at 641-428-7777 where a nurse will evaluate your situation and determine if you qualify for testing. MercyOne senior vice president Teresa Mock says the testing is being done to keep people out of the hospital’s emergency room and potentially infecting others.  “Most of the testing will be done at a mobile clinic that will be at the fairgrounds, and then there will also be a second tent where we actually have a mobile unit with a physician and nursing staff and be able to do more expanded testing, which will be in front of the West Campus of MercyOne North Iowa.” Mock emphasizes that unless you are emergently ill, stay home and do not come to the emergency room, and call the COVID-19 call center at 641-494-3543, 494-3546, or 494-3547 for more information.last_img read more

Singer Bill Withers dies at 81

first_imgHe wrote and sang a number of timeless records in the 1970s, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”According to a statement released from his family to The Associated Press, the 81-year-old died in Los Angeles from heart complications.“Lean On Me,” was performed at the presidential inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Legendary singer Bill Withers has died at the age of 81.last_img

VICTIMS OF PAEDO FERRY WILL BE ALLOWED TO SEE REPORT INTO COLLEGE INVESTIGATION

first_imgThe victims of paedophile Michael Ferry WILL be able to see a report into why he was allowed to work at a Donegal school AFTER he was found guilty of child sex abuse.Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.Donegal Daily reported today how two Government Departments had told victims at Colaiste Cholmcille in Gaoth Dobhair they would not have access to the report.Ferry was allowed to continue to work as a school caretaker after being found guilty of abusing one boy, and despite being placed on the sex offenders register in 2002. A Garda investigation into the school and its directors was passed onto the Director of Public Prosecutions but it was decided not to press charges.A separate investigation was carried out by the HSE but victims were told by both departments they were not entitled to see the reports.However, the Child and Family Agency has said today that victims can contact their office to see the report.Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of the CFA said his agency is completely committed to being transparent and accountable in all its dealings. “This review has been undertaken by local services in Donegal in order to ensure that all those involved in working with children and families engage in reflective practice and continue to improve the quality of services being offered.“I commend staff for the open and honest way in which they engaged with this process and believe that service to children in the area has greatly improved since the tragic events of 2002 and subsequently.“It behoves all of us as professionals to constantly review our working standards to ensure that the injustices of the past do not continue. The events surrounding this review also remind us of our collective, societal obligations to keep children safe.“I wish to confirm that there is no intention to keep this internal document secret from victims and any request from victims to my office for a copy of the report will be facilitated.“It is not normal practice to publish internal staff review documents and it is for this reason that there are no plans for wider publication.” VICTIMS OF PAEDO FERRY WILL BE ALLOWED TO SEE REPORT INTO COLLEGE INVESTIGATION was last modified: March 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abusecolaiste cholmcilleGaoth DobhairMichael Ferrypervertlast_img read more

H-DNL football: Weekend slate at a glace

first_imgShasta (1-2) at Eureka (1-3)Friday’s game between Shasta and Eureka will serve as the Loggers’ penultimate home game of the season.Eureka comes into the contest fresh off its first win of the season, a 32-7 drubbing of Montgomery—Santa Rosa last week. Shasta enters Friday’s game coming off a 50-14 loss at home to Elk Grove. Eureka won last season’s game between the two teams 35-14. Eureka’s quarterback Trevor Bell currently has the 11th most passing yards (787) in the North Coast Section. His …last_img

Go to the Ant Farm, Thou Darwinist

first_imgIt’s the 50th anniversary of the Ant Farm, and inventor Milton Levine is still tickled about the impact his toy has had on millions of kids, reported AP on MSNBC.  The charm of Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm was in “creating a whole world that you can see,” a world of creative and industrious ants.  Moms didn’t mind too much as long as the ants stayed confined.    Serendipitously or not, Philip Ward (UC Davis) published a primer on ants in Current Biology.1  “Ants are one of evolution’s great success stories,” he began, but while his article had a lot to say about ant evolution, the actual evidence he presented seemed equivocal or imaginary.  Some excerpts:Because they are fully social, ants do not tell us a great deal about the transition from solitary to eusocial behavior…. Regardless of the details of this sequence of events, which of course was played out long ago [sic], contemporary ants offer abundant opportunity for comparative studies of colony life after the eusocial threshold has been crossed.The point to emphasize is that since their divergence from a common ancestor [sic] in the Cretaceous, some ant lineages – such as the iconic army ants and leaf-cutting ants – have evolved [sic] quite complex societies while others, such as the ‘primitive’ [sic] bulldog ants of Australia, have remained at a much less advanced level.  The factors responsible for such heterogeneity in the rate of social evolution [sic] have been little explored, and will require a careful analysis of ecological and phylogenetic influences.Ants are treated as a single family, Formicidae, in the order Hymenoptera, a large and diverse group of holometabolous insects…. Apocritan Hymenoptera exhibit a unique reorganization of the body parts in which the middle tagma [a functionally integrated set of body segments] is composed of the thorax plus abdominal segment 1, while the posterior tagma comprises the remaining abdominal segments.  It is unclear how this evolutionary novelty arose, but one apparent consequence is that additional constrictions, involving abdominal segments 2�4, evolved [sic] in some apocritans, giving them exceptional dexterity of abdominal movement.Ants differ from social bees and wasps in one important respect: the workers of ants are entirely wingless.  This places constraints on their foraging behavior and has probably spurred the evolution of complex chemical communication systems [sic], such as trail and recruitment pheromones, designed for terrestrial (as opposed to aerial) movement.There is little doubt that ants are a monophyletic group.  They share a distinctive suite of morphological features, including geniculate (elbowed) antennae, a prognathous (forward-projecting) head, a characteristic configuration of the foretibial antenna cleaner, modification of the second abdominal segment to form a node-like petiole, and several unique exocrine glands.  Yet the closest living relatives of ants have not been unequivocally identified.  Several other families of aculeate Hymenoptera, in a subgroup known as the Vespoidea, have been touted as possible sister groups of ants including Tiphiidae, Bradynobaenidae and the combination of Vespidae plus Scoliidae.  It is a measure of the incompleteness of our phylogenetic knowledge that none of these alternatives has particularly strong support.  In many respects the summary cladogram published by Fredrik Ronquist in 1999, which depicted most vespoid families emerging out of an unresolved bush, still applies today.The fossil record helps to explain this impasse.  Most families of aculeate wasps appear rather suddenly in the early Cretaceous, suggesting that there was a rapid burst of diversification once the sting had evolved.  Ants make their appearance a little later, about 100 million years ago [sic].A more extensive series of fossil ants has now been documented from the Cretaceous.  The fossils range in age from about 78 to 100 million years, and they include some undoubted crown-group taxa.  Among the more spectacular finds are additional well preserved specimens from New Jersey amber, including representatives of the modern subfamily Formicinae, as well as fossils from Canada, Eurasia, and southern Africa.  This taxonomic diversity and geographic spread indicates that crown-group ants arose some time before this period, perhaps as long ago as 120 million years. [sic]One might expect that the phylogenetic relationships among living representatives of Formicidae have been reasonably well clarified.  In fact many uncertainties persist here too, and this is an area of active investigation and debate.  Morphological studies have been helpful in circumscribing the major lineages (subfamilies) of ants, but the relationships among them have largely eluded confident resolution.Molecular data, in the form of DNA sequences from multiple nuclear genes, are just now being applied to the problem.  Such data confirm the monophyly of nearly all of the subfamilies, but they also reveal a number of novel and unexpected groupings.Another insight to emerge from molecular phylogenetic analyses of ants is that there has been profound morphological convergence in some aspects of worker morphology, to the extent that it misled earlier phylogenetic inferences.  For example, a constriction between abdominal segments 3 and 4, and the formation of a second node-like structure (a postpetiole), has evolved repeatedly [sic] in ants.The new phylogenetic estimates, combined with fossil-calibrated [sic] molecular dating analyses, suggest that the history of ants involves a series of sequential diversifications: evolution of sphecomyrmine and poneroid-like lineages in the early Cretaceous, about 100�120 million years ago, followed by a more exuberant diversification of formicoids beginning about 100 million years ago and continuing into the Paleogene…. In short, while the stem lineages of modern ant subfamilies were present before the K�T boundary, the ecological dominance and range of diversity that we associate with modern ants did not arise until later in the Tertiary, about 60�70 million years after ants first evolved. [sic]Several commentators have argued compellingly that the social behavior of ants is responsible at least in part for their evolutionary success [sic] and ecological dominance.  Eusociality confers marked advantages in terms of resource acquisition, defense against enemies, and buffering of environmental variation.  The division of labor and flexibility of task allocation that are the hallmarks of advanced social insects enable them to meet contingencies and exploit opportunities much more efficiently than solitary insects.    But this cannot be the entire story.  Even among social insects ants are especially notable for their abundance and diversity, so additional factors must be invoked to explain their particular prominence.One can imagine that if formicoids had not evolved [sic], ants would be perceived as a modest group of tropical wingless wasps (with no vernacular term reserved for them), as opposed to the near-ubiquitous ecological dominants that we know today.  But, then again, maybe another poneroid would have stepped in to fill the void. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)One of the “spectacular finds” Ward mentioned was a formicoid ant found in Cretaceous New Jersey amber.2  More were announced in 2005 in New Jersey and Canada.3  For all practical purposes, these ants in amber look entirely modern, so any division into “primitive” or “advanced” seems a judgment call.  Prior to this find, formicoids (those that produce formic acid as a defense) were thought to be much more recent.  This also means that in the evolutionary scheme essentially modern ants evolved in the age of dinosaurs, survived the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, evolved little for 60 million years, then exploded into a diverse and widespread group 40 million years ago.  For the essentially parallel appearance of all the ant groups, see this phylogenetic diagram from the Tree of Life website.  See also our related story on army ants from 05/06/2003.    In addition to his evolutionary speculations, Ward provided some “gee-whiz” facts about ants sure to fascinate ant farmers.  There are about 20,000 species inhabiting a range of habitats from deserts to tropical rain forests:They impose a strong ecological footprint in many communities in their varied roles as scavengers, predators, granivores, and herbivores.  In some tropical forests the biomass of ants exceeds that of terrestrial vertebrates by a factor of four, and their soil-turning activities dwarf those of earthworms.  There is a word for ‘ant’ in most languages, reflecting their ubiquity and distinctiveness to humans.  The ecological dominance and conspicuous social behavior of ants have long engaged the attention of natural historians.  In terms of their species diversity, relative abundance, ecological impact and social habits, ants emerge as one of the most prominent groups of arthropods.Perhaps they also join spiders as arthropodal challenges to evolutionary theory (see 10/21/2005, 05/25/2005, 09/13/2001).  Ants have complex sticky feet 09/27/2001, 06/05/2001) and navigate with intricate software (09/12/2001).  We learned last year that ants are also adept hang gliders (02/09/2005), and just two months ago that they are better teachers than chimpanzees (01/11/2006).  They also teach us humans the value of industry.  An early natural philosopher, Solomon, advised, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise, which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8).   See also Aesop.1Philip S. Ward, “Primer: Ants,” Current Biology, Vol 16, R152-R155, 07 March 2006.2Grimaldi and Agosti, “A formicine in New Jersey Cretaceous amber (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and early evolution of the ants,” PNAS, published online before print November 14, 2000, 10.1073/pnas.240452097.  See also our 11/14/2000 entry.3Engel and Grimaldi, “Primitive New Ants in Cretaceous Amber from Myanmar, New Jersey, and Canada (Hymenoptera: Formicidae),” BioOne, doi: 10.1206/0003-0082(2005)485[0001:PNAICA]2.0.CO;2, American Museum Novitates: No. 3485, pp. 1�23.  See also a similar find in Geologica Acta, about the oldest known ant: “Although its characters are those of modern ants, it does not fit in any recent ant subfamilies.”If anyone can find any value whatsoever in Ward’s evolutionary speculations, please write in and explain.  If you subtract the assumption that evolution is a fact, and remove the fictional diagram of millions of years, and erase the supposition that everything evolved from something else by common ancestry, the actual empirical facts speak loud and clear: ants are complex and amazing animals that appeared suddenly on earth and fulfill a variety of important roles in the ecology.  Why does anyone need to be told that they evolved from stinging wasps, evolved their distinctive features several times (05/28/2003), and figured out their complex foraging and navigating skills (the envy of robotics experts) on their own?  How is this speculation helping science?  It serves nothing but to prop up the dead corpse of Charlie at the head of a traditional evolutionary parade.  Worse, it distracts attention from the wonders of nature that should inspire us to observe, study, and think.  Send your local Darwinist a gift and support an industrious entrepreneur: send Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm with a sticky-note saying, “Prov. 6:6-8.”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Expelled: Battle of the Reviews

first_imgTwo weeks before Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed hits the theaters (April 18), reviewers are starting to weigh in.  One could hardly find a bigger contrast between two reviews that came out a day apart.    Dave Mosher, writing for Live Science, used every trick in the book to call this “a bad film in every way.”  He called it sinister, outrageous, shoddy, fallacious and gloomy.  Typical line about intelligent design: “Scientists see it as creationism veiled in pseudoscience, an effort with religious backing designed to generate the appearance of controversy among scientists about Darwinian evolution where there is none.”  Mosher continually tried to portray the Darwinists as “scientists” and the anti-Darwinists as religiously motivated, even though all of the ID advocates in the film are highly credentialed scientists themselves.  Notably, he could not classify them as fundamentalist Christians because a number of them – Berlinski, Schroeder, and Ben Stein himself – are either Jewish or make no claims about religion.  Dr.& Steve Fuller, for instance, a highly regarded philosopher of science and author of leading books on the subject, believes that intelligent design has a right to a fair hearing in the marketplace of scientific ideas.  Mosher also avoided the fact that some of Darwinism’s staunchest proponents made strong statements on camera about their atheism.    Marvin Olasky had a very different attitude in World magazine.  He enjoyed this “seriously funny” movie and compares it to the 1775 “shot heard round the world” that may start a new American revolution.  It should be rated R, he quipped, for “reasonable, radical, risible, and right.”  Olasky defended the visual imagery saying this is a movie, not a dissertation, but also defended the connection between Darwinism and Hitler, based on his own research.  “If you read an anti-Expelled review that dodges the issue of substance by concentrating merely on style,” he said, as if to pre-empt Dave Mosher’s negative review, “you’ll be seeing another sign of closed minds.”    Ted Baehr at MovieGuide.org also gives it a strong positive review.  “Atheists and Darwinists should make sure that people of faith and values and agnostics do not see this movie,” the veteran movie reviewer said.  “It is so well crafted that it will completely expose the naked inconsistencies of the Darwinists.  It will equip every person of faith and values with common sense to refute the arguments of the academic overlords.”Baloney Detectors are going to have a field day with the reviews of this film.  They are so polarized for and against, it should be easy to find out who is engaging in emotional tactics instead of reasoned debate.  See the film if you can before being influenced by the press.  You can expect the secular mainstream press to be uniformly negative.  Keep in mind a couple of things.  A movie can only say so much in 90 minutes.  This is a highly complex topic with many side issues.  The basic question is clear; is intelligent design sufficiently supported, and Darwinism sufficiently challenged, to allow academic freedom for both sides to be heard?  Why should careers of qualified scientists be ruined over this?  Why the systematic effort to prevent a hearing of challenges to the views of a small minority, its advocates profoundly atheistic, instead of letting the evidence, reason and common sense carry the debate forward?    Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a movie, not a legal brief.  To attract audiences to theaters there has to be enough appeal with visuals, action and controversy or else the subject could easily bore them.  We didn’t see Live Science complaining when Randy Olson used humor and satire with Flock of Dodos (compare that review with this one).  Stein feels strongly enough about this issue he went out on a limb to make the case in a convincing yet “seriously funny” way.  It’s intended to get the ball rolling toward public debate on an issue that is crying for open and fair investigation.    For those who need the scholarly backup, there are plenty of densely-worded thick tomes available.  One mid-level book (with enough facts and references to support every claim), that is comprehensive yet approachable, is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathan Wells (Regnery, 2006), available at Access Research Network.  This book would be a good companion piece to the film.  The ARN catalog has many more books on the subject suitable for anyone from the high school student to the science reporter to the PhD academic researcher.    As interesting a phenomenon as Expelled is in the culture war, no movie should be a crutch.  Get informed so that your opinion has legs.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more