“Beautiful shots of the Grand Canyon, especially the rocks, rock layers, and water, combine with the music … to make this film a pleasure to watch. The interviews with teachers and scientists bring … into real life what is happening today”
— Mary Northrup, Faculty, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City
“No Dinosaurs in Heaven” takes a lively, enlightening look at the ongoing battle over how we teach science in America. The film explores the subtle, often insidious ways in which science education is being hijacked by some creationists, threatening the separation of church and state in our public schools, and dangerously undermining scientific literacy.
“No Dinosaurs in Heaven” documents a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. Along the way, the rafters debunk creationist explanations for the Canyon’s formation and discuss the unique irony of creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom.
The film exposes many fallacies in the so-called “debate,” and challenges the assertion that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution. “No Dinosaurs in Heaven” offers a potent reminder that science literacy is crucial to a healthy democracy and that the political agenda of an anti-science minority cannot be allowed to damage something as basic as education.
Read this new rave review from Teaching Sociology, the American Sociology Association journal: “The video is beautifully filmed and the message is very clear, appropriate for college students of all ages, both undergraduate and graduate. The film stresses that knowledge of evolution is based on observation and evidence and that creationism.. is not based on either. As such, this film might make for a welcome break from discussions of methods and methodology that often occur early in the Introduction to Sociology class and for which there are few engaging alternative videos.”
“A must-purchase for academic libraries.” – Library Journal
“Propels the viewer to the heart of the problem… with surprising results.” – American Association for the Advancement of Science Books and Films *****Editors Choice
“No Dinosaurs in Heaven leaves no stone unturned in exposing the utterly false notion that there are scientifically valid interpretations casting doubt on the very idea of organic evolution.” – Dr. Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural history
“Beautiful shots of the Grand Canyon, especially the rocks, rock layers, and water, combine with the music which meshes beautifully with the natural setting to make this film a pleasure to watch. The interviews with teachers and scientists bring the discussion into real life and what is happening today. This would be especially valuable for college students in Education programs, especially those students who hope to teach science, and for teachers who are already in the schools teaching science. Academic and public libraries may want to consider purchase of this film because of its timely importance and controversy.” – Mary Northrup, Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Kansas City, MS