Creating a Conversation Through 'Creation"

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A brand new film, Creation, opens in theaters this Friday, January 22nd, in major cities across the country (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington DC) and will certainly stir pundits on both sides of the creation “debate” in the US. The film, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly, follows the story of Charles Darwin and is based on the book by Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great-grandson.

Last week, honored guests of the NAS were treated to an advance screening of the film along with a panel discussion with Director Jon Amiel, Writer Randal Keynes, Biologist Sean B. Carroll, Geneticist Maxine Singer, and Science Historian Richard Milner.

The film depicts Darwin in a way we may not be used to seeing him – not the very serious, scholarly, old man, but as a young scientist grappling with the implications of his work. When he wrote origin of species, Darwin was a relatively young man. CREATION gives us Darwin thinking about and enjoying his scientific endeavors, which was a vital part of his life. It’s an honest depiction of a man of science.

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“His love for his wife, his observations of his children, his friendships with gardeners, schoolteachers and pigeon fanciers, his fears about death, revolution, bankruptcy, inbreeding…all these things found their way into his theory. He was the most inclusive of thinkers.” Randal Keynes, Annie’s Box

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