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Smithsonian Dust-Up Not Dying Down

Telic Thoughts and Post-Darwinist are among the many blogs talking about The Privileged Planet premiere at the Smithsonian that has so outraged Darwinian bloggers. (For all the real juicy details see our previous blog here.)

The Washington Post reports today:

In its statement yesterday, the Smithsonian said it will honor the agreement to screen the film June 23, but that it does not endorse the film and will not accept the agreed-upon fee offered for the auditorium.
That's interesting because no one ever asked them to endorse the film. And as a non-profit, we're happy to have our money back.

Telic Thoughts notes:

"it’s funny that the critics chose to fight this battle. As others have pointed out, the film isn’t about evolution, but about fine-tuning of the cosmological constants and the settings of the solar system (distance of Earth from the Sun, size of the Moon, etc.). Physicists like Paul Davies have for years pointed to cosmological fine-tuning, and that there’s something special about our solar system has also been argued before, most notably in Ward and Brownlee’s Rare Earth and in chapter 5 of Simon Conway Morris’ Life’s Solution. These authors can’t be considered ID proponents by a long stretch – are their views also 'not consistent with the mission of the Smithsonian Institution’s scientific research'"?
And Post-Darwinist points out that:
"Keep in mind that these droves of Darwinists not only have never seen the film, but they probably make a merit out of that fact, as in 'I would never lower myself to see such a film!'".

Stay tuned as there is likely to be more media coverage of this brouhaha.