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Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny

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What is creationism? Is it science, theology, both, neither? Who's behind it? And why should you give a damn in the first place? Ex-National Lampooner Barrett Brown and Professor of Sociology Jon P. Alston, Ph.D, answer these questions - and perhaps one of two more--in a superbly unorthodox, serenely offensive and splendidly hilarious look at the forces behind the most tal ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Sterling & Ross Publishers, Inc.
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Stewart
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
"Flock of Dodos" is a short (155-page) book poking fun at Intelligent Design, Creationism, and those who espouse these views. The book is intermittently funny, but taking aim at these poor folk is like shooting fish in a barrel with a shotgun. Most of the most howling statements come from the anti-Darwinians themselves. The sad thing is that a substantial minority of Americans (most of whom are science, arts, and government illiterates) believes Creation Science, the existence of UFOs, and assor ...more
David James
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Somewhere in Texas a poor sociology professor with a brain has found himself surrounded by idiots. This book is his revenge. Meanwhile, somewhere in a graveyard, H.L. Mencken's corpse is laughing like hell knowing that there are people carrying on his good work.

Intelligent Design is, of course, the domain of nincompoops. All the efforts at arguing scientific fact with these poor lost souls are lost on them. The authors, to their enduing credit, recognize this fact. Thus they offer what measured
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Chris Winkler
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
"And the mind of God called for there to be light, and thus the Logos brought about light, and light was. The mind of God called for there to be stars and planets; and oceans, and fish to dwell within them; and land, and animals to dwell upon it; ... and thus the Logos compels it to be so. And for some reason or another, the mind of God also called for female bonobo chimpanzees to settle their disputes by rubbing their vaginas together to the point of orgasm. And so the Logos caused this to be t ...more
Paul
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The only proper look at the Intelligent Design movement and its perpetrators...a bitterly sarcastic completely damning look at a gaggle of facile fools addicted to self-loathing and fear.

This book had me laughing out loud again and again. I read it four times, quoting lines to anyone within range until they probably wanted to beat me with a dinosaur bone.

It pleases me to think of idjits like Michael Behe and William Dembski reading a book about how stupid they are.


Get 'em Barrett!
Chris
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Ever read something that was just on your side? Maybe you have an opinion on a subject and always read up on it with the author being polite about the ideas of the opposition?
This is not a polite book, and I think that's what I loved about it.
I picked up the book because I thought it may be another book like the 50 Reasons series by Guy P. Harrison, but it wasn't. It was bold, arrogant and condescending of creationists and I enjoyed every page.
Hanno Willers
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because he chose such an easy target.
Kskokko1
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Why won't the nutty christians go away?
Richard
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
More a very log essay than a book, but very enjoyable otherwise. This is not your detached intellectual argument about the reasons the creationist crowd is probably wrong. No, this is the equivalent of the nerds in class making fun of the cool kids. It names names and pokes fun. Nerd that I am, I laughed several times. The really bad thing about this book is that it's OOP and so to read it you either have to pay an exorbitant price or find it through "alternate" means. I will be looking for a re ...more
DrosoPHila
Sceptics, who naturally tend to be "smart arses" like Clarence Darrow, and admit it, will find it funny in parts. Better to be a smart-arse than a dumb-arse anyway.

Note that I refuse to write arse as "ass", even though in my non-rhotic RP accent I don't really say any of my Rs (or any of my vowels for that matter).
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Carl
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very funny takedown of "Intelligent Design"/Creationism.
Kevin St.Clair
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good. Nothing groundbreaking or particularly new regarding the ID crowd and it's intentions, but a worthwhile read.
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