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Monday, June 18, 2018

UPDATE ON THE MOVIE "SCIENCE FRICTION."


An update on Science Friction, the upcoming documentary
about scientists being misrepresented in the media.
In this email, a note about Mathew Wedel, one of the experts whose horror story we'll be featuring.
Stories...
Prof. Mathew Wedel
Paleontologist, Western University

Any paleontologist would love a chance to be featured in the Discovery Channel's miniseries Clash of the Dinosaurs, so Mathew Wedel jumped at the opportunity, excited to share his knowledge with a worldwide audience.
Unfortunately, the producers had something else in mind. They elected to sensationalize the outdated notion that dinosaurs had a second brain in their tail to help control the back half of their body — an old idea that's now thoroughly discredited. In his on-camera interview discussing why we no longer believe this, Mathew said (in part):
...They did have a swelling in the spinal cord in the neighbourhood of their pelvis. And for a while it was thought that maybe this was sort of like a second brain....
Out came the razor blade, and they deftly excised the part of his quote they didn't want, covering the edit with an animation of a lumbering dinosaur with its rear limbs controlled by this amazing "second brain":
...They did have a swelling in the spinal cord in the neighbourhood of their pelvis. And for a while it was thought that maybe this was sort of like a second brain....
Thus, in this instance, Discovery Channel deliberately misinformed its viewers, because these few seconds of screen time seemed so exciting.
That's why we're making Science Friction. So long as the media continues misinforming the public about science for the sake of sensationalism, there will be a need to correct the misinformation. Join us. Tax-deductible donations fund our production. The list of perks includes everything up to an Executive Producer credit, both onscreen and in IMDb.

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