20.3.05

sci-ligion

i don't object to a film about mother teresa just because i don't believe in god.

from the nytimes
People who follow trends at commercial and institutional Imax theaters say that in recent years, religious controversy has adversely affected the distribution of a number of films, including "Cosmic Voyage," which depicts the universe in dimensions running from the scale of subatomic particles to clusters of galaxies; "Galápagos," about the islands where Darwin theorized about evolution; and "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," an underwater epic about the bizarre creatures that flourish in the hot, sulfurous emanations from vents in the ocean floor.

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Carol Murray, director of marketing for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, said the museum decided not to offer the movie after showing it to a sample audience, a practice often followed by managers of Imax theaters. Ms. Murray said 137 people participated in the survey, and while some thought it was well done, "some people said it was blasphemous."
science is about the continuing creation, development and refinement of our ideas about how our world works (you can be as empiricial or existential about this as you choose). science that gets to the point where it is made into a movie - i.e., for mass consumption - would have in an ideal world, been through years and years of peer-reviews, critiques, and often represents someone's life work. for all that to be undermined by the opinion of someone in the audience that isn't even open-minded enough to consider new ideas and hypotheses... how far are we willing to go as a society in diluting and censoring ideas and knowledge?

how can you even say a film has educational value if it is censored and trimmed to be rammed into a rigid mental box?

i whole-heartedly concur that these should not be called science museums. they are a priori museums.

next thing you know, this book will be banned. or maybe this one.

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