Darwin's Dilemma Los Angeles Premiere Will Mark 150th Anniversary of Darwin's Origin of Species with Focus on Controversy over Evolution and Intelligent Design

American Freedom Alliance
American Freedom Alliance
October 1, 2009
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Highlighting the continuing controversy over the origins of life on earth, the American Freedom Alliance will premiere Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Explosion at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on Sunday October 25 at 7:00 pm.  The event will feature a panel discussion with filmmakers and leading proponents of the movement to examine the scientific inconsistencies of the famous British naturalist’s theories proposed in his work, On the Origin of Species, first published exactly 150 years ago.  The event is open to the public and admission is $25.


The screening of Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Explosion” will be preceded by an exclusive premiere screening of the extraordinary IMAX film “We Are Born of Stars” Produced in 1985 as the first IMAX 3D film, “We Are Born of Stars” has recently been re-mastered.  The new version will premiere in Los Angeles at the event.


The screenings will kick off a series of non-partisan events titled The Darwin Debates: A Forum for Dialoguefocusing on the controversial debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Intelligent Design advocates.  The events will include a lecture by David Berlinski, author of The Devil's Delusion, and a renowned scholar and critic of Darwinian theory on Tuesday, October 27, “The Western Word,” an Internet radio show featuring a debate between scientist and author Guillermo Gonzales and Carlos Calle, author of The Universe-Order Without Design on Wednesday, October 28, and “The AFA Literary Café” featuring a discussion with Stephen Meyer on his popular new book "Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design" on Thursday, October 29 contrasted with Scott Turner’s book The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself. 


The “The Darwin Debates: A Forum for Dialogue” series is sponsored by the American Freedom Alliance.


 “It is time to bring this important debate into the public consciousness in a way that allows for freedom of opinion to flourish,” said Avi Davis, senior fellow of the American Freedom Alliance.  “New scientific evidence makes it vital that we take a close look at the numerous inherent scientific problems of the Darwinian theory of evolution.”


Charles Darwin (1809–1882) was an English naturalist who presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors in his famous book On the Origin of Species, was published in England November 24, 1859. 


Released by Illustra Media, Darwin’s Dilemma” probes one of the great mysteries of science - the Cambrian explosion, when, as the fossil record reveals, complex animals first appeared on earth fully formed, without evidence of any evolutionary ancestors.  Having envisioned the evolution of life through a multitude of small, undirected steps, Darwin viewed this as an inexplicable mystery, but the fossil record reveals no such pattern of gradual development.  Instead, early in the Cambrian period, compound eyes, articulated limbs, sophisticated sensory organs and skeletons burst into existence seemingly out of nowhere.


The American Freedom Alliance is a think tank and activist network based in Los Angeles that promotes networking, activism and education in areas relevant to the future of Western civilization. For information on the American Freedom Alliance, the series and other Alliance programs, visit www.americanfreedomalliance.org.