Having seen ‘The Link’ documentary on the BBC last night, about the fossil Ida, I’m surprised there aren’t a lot more creationists out there than there already are. If that is the best film the best brains can make on what is, whichever way you slice it, a milestone in palaeontology, archaeology, anthropology and a human understanding of our ancestral history, we’re doomed.
It was dumbed down and scant on the facts. Plenty of artistic interpretations and fancy computer modelling, but little by way of actual explanations. Based upon the available evidence, though I’m sure it was, it wasn’t explained in the film how we know what we know. It was exactly the kind of thin on the detail story telling which fuels the imagination of those who are already predisposed to fairy-tales to submit that there are two equally valid sides to the creation story, when we know that there is only one which carries any real weight of evidence.
There’s no wonder that there is such a poor understanding of scientific methodological processes among the general public, when it would appear the world’s largest broadcaster can’t make a film about perhaps the most important artefact to be discovered in a generation, which even attempts to explain this in the context of basic taxonomy, for example; or why we already knew many years before Ida that natural selection is a water tight description of how humans evolved.