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Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Posted in Education with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2008 by airtightnoodle

After reading this post at another WordPress blog I discovered that the popular Ice Age movies are not done.  A third Ice Age movie is being made called “Dawn of the Dinosaurs”.  The movie’s official site may be found here.

If you recall from the previous two films (rather cute, I must say), the characters include woolly mammoths, sabretooth tigers, sabretooth squirrels, and so on.  There are some historical errors (animals that should have been extinct in the movie, animals that never lived in the same areas, etc) in the first two films.

As you may suspect from the title of the upcoming film, it will include all of the previous lovable characters plus…dinosaurs!

Ok, you may think, what’s the big deal?  Well, it’s not a BIG deal, I suppose.  It is just a film, after all.  But it is a teeny irksome that the film depicts dinosaurs living in the same era as the last ice age.  After all, dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago.

Oh well.  Just more misconceptions teachers and parents will have to make sure to address when their kids bring it up.  🙂

Here is the trailer for the upcoming movie:


M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film… is it anti-evolution, anti-science?

Posted in Evolution with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Last week M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, “The Happening”, hit theaters. I’ve enjoyed all of his movies thus far and plan on seeing “The Happening” at some point this week.

I was surprised to read the following on Science Blogs:

Following on the heels of the intelligent design documentary Expelled, M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster film The Happening is angering critics who disagree with its strong anti-evolution themes. The movie follows a science teacher who calls evolution “just a theory,” and encourages his students to believe in unexplained “acts of nature.”

Well, that won’t stop me from seeing it of course, but I thought it was interesting enough to share, anyway.

How about you? Have you seen the movie yet? Do you feel it has an evolutionary bias in any way? Please don’t post anything spoiler-ish. 🙂