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No Dinosaurs in Heaven

by Greta Schiller

A film about Noah's Ark, The Grand Canyon and the struggle to keep religion out and science in our public schools.

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No Dinosaurs in Heaven is a film essay that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy.  The documentary weaves together two strands: an examination of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate  anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate," manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution.

Emmy Award-winning director (Before Stonewall, Paris Was a Woman) and science educator Greta Schiller uses her own experience -- with a graduate school biology professor who refused to teach evolution -- to expose the insidious effect that so-called “creationist science” has had on science education. Featuring NYC science teachers, No Dinosaurs in Heaven intelligently argues that public education must steadfastly resist the encroachment of religion in the form of anti-evolution creationism, and that science literacy is crucial to a healthy democracy.

“When science permeates everything from stem cell research to use of water, science education is crucial to a healthy democracy.” – The New York Times

sutiable for grades 6-college. helpful to teach: philosophy/science education/education policy/ethics/religion and society/science and society/evolution/social studies/biology/womens studies/teacher quality/sociology/public understanding of science.

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quoteNo Dinosaurs in Heaven chronicles the many significant issues and arguments necessary to understand and, in essence, to support the scientific basis for evolution. The film propels the viewer to the heart of the problem ...with surprising results. With the awesome scenery of the Grand Canyon as a classroom, the viewer will be impressed with the conflict between creationism and the endeavor to prevent the religious attacks on the scientific basis for evolution. The subject of some films is meant to be tasted, while with other films such as No Dinosaurs in Heaven the subject matter should be chewed and digested.
George Allen Wistreich
Science Books & Films

quoteEvolution vs. creationism, that is the question... The crux of the matter presented here is what is currently being taught to college students who intend to become science teachers. Issues of academic freedom and freedom of speech emerge as the participants share the filmmaker's concern while speaking to their own experiences. Schiller skillfully resists padding the work with gorgeous scenery, which keeps the film under an hour. She focuses instead on the message that there is a problem in science education. Openly biased on the evolution side, this film is a must-purchase for academic libraries.
Diane W. Kazlauskas
Library Journal

quote“The film moves from the Colorado [River] to the American Museum of Natural History to Intelligent Design lectures, to actual middle school science classes in New York City. . . . This DVD is recommended for college science teacher certification classes and science education programs.”
Roberta Batorsky
American Biology Teacher

quote'No Dinosaurs in Heaven' touches on a host of important issues, from academic freedom to the nature of science. It provides a stimulus for wide-ranging discussion.
Douglas Futuyma, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY Stony Brook

quoteNo 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. The Grand Canyon is a splendid backdrop—and a perfect laboratory inviting direct comparison of scientific vs. creationist interpretations. It is marvelous to see geology serving as the bedrock foundation of the scientific study of evolution.
Dr. Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History

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AWARDS & SCREENINGS:

  • National Science Teachers Assn., 2011

  • City University of New York, Arts & Science series, 2011

  • New York Academy of Science, 2011

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appleNo Dinosaurs in Heaven Discussion Guide

An extremely useful guide for getting the most out of high school or college class discussions, library screenings and community group events.

appleScience Odyssey podcast with director Greta Schiller

This podcast features award-winning filmmaker Greta Schiller talking about the strange encounter that led her to make her latest documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. She's interviewed by Clay Farris Naff, science writer and VP of Nebraska Citizens for Science.

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Appropriate for: Middle School High School College/University

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website includes Q and A with Director and main characters.

bonus short on DVD: WHY STUDY SCIENCE

Discussion Guide

bonus video: shooting with solar power.

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