Ah, I’m back home again, and just in time…the snow started falling just as I crossed the Morris city limits.
I was at the Minneapolis screening of Flock of Dodos, and they had a big crowd at the Bell Museum auditorium, including many of the usual suspects in the struggle against creationism in our state. Greg Laden has posted a review, and so has David Wilford (and I agree—this would be an excellent movie to show at a con). Everyone seemed very positive about it.
The discussion afterwards was great, too—movie theaters ought to do this everywhere, setting aside a block of time after a showing with local experts to talk about it. Having Steven Miller there to actually share the thinking that was going on behind the scenes was very helpful, too. I think we reached a general consensus that scientists need to get out more and talk to the public about their work. So hey, if you’re a scientist…get your face out there more, OK?
There was an attendee from the Twin Cities Creation Science Association, who also criticized scientists for not engaging creationists more. I don’t think we are well-served by wasting time one-on-one with their nonsense, though; we’re better off talking about science in public venues. He did invite people to a lecture next Tuesday on Mt St Helens as evidence for creation. I had to say that I’m not a geologist, but it would be great if a local geologist were to show up and shred the speaker (any volunteers out there?). Most ironic comment of the meeting: the fellow said I should still come, because the speaker isn’t a geologist either.
I know, man, I know.
I’ll also remind any Minneapolis people that this weekend is also the date for the creationist science fair, at the Har Mar mall up in Roseville. I’d love to go, but I’ve used up my capacity for travel this week. I was also up until after 1am last night talking with the post-film crowd, and I’m going to need this weekend to just recover.
Oh, in tangentially related evo wars news, I’ll mention now that Philip Kitcher will be speaking on “Darwin, Design, and the Future of Faith” at Macalester College on the 29th of March. I’m hoping his prognostication of the future of faith is grim and doom-laden.