My interest in promoting the science of evolution dates back to about 10 years ago when Ed Asner and I toured the country with a show about the Scopes “Monkey” Trial. The script was taken from transcripts of the actual trial, as opposed to the dramatized version in “Inherit the Wind.” I played Clarence Darrow and Ed played William Jennings Bryan. We performed the play throughout the country – mostly on college campuses. I naively presumed that college audiences would see this as a historical event. I was astonished to discover that sizable portions of the audience were more familiar with the 16th-century notions of 4004BC than current scientific thought. That was an eye-opener for me.
Since then I have worked on a variety of projects to educate people on why evolutionary science matters and why embracing current scientific thinking will not, contrary to some opinions, “send you straight to Hell.’
One of my projects is called, God’s Goofs. It’s a series of animated vignettes offering up 90-second rebuttals to Intelligent Design. The other project is a radio play that brings the 2005 Dover “Panda” Trial to life. That trial put the legal nail in the coffin of so-called Intelligent Design, demonstrating that it was just dressed up creationism.
These two projects are what I am able to contribute to reducing the fear and misunderstanding surrounding the theory of evolution. But everyone has something to offer. There is a need for everyone to marshal their talents in this essential cause. I’m attending this convention with the expectation of joining forces with others in promoting, at the least, a 21st century understanding of science.
Mr. de Lancie’s film credits include, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”, “The Fisher King”, “Bad Influence”, The Onion Field”, “Taking Care of Business”, “Fearless”, “Multiplicity”, “Women on Top”, “Nicholas”, “Good Advice”, “Patient 14”, “The Big Time”, “Reign on Me”, “Pathology”, “Games”, “Teenius”, “Crank2″ and “The Marriage Counselor”. Mr. de Lancie has appeared in numerous television shows including; “Torchwood”, “Breaking Bad”, “CSI”, “The Unit”, “West Wing”, “Sports Night”, “Judging Amy”, “The Closer”, “Star Trek”, “Legend”, “LA Law”, “Picket Fences”, “Civil Wars”, “The Practice”, and “Touched by an Angel”.
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This talk took place at the CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas on October 19, 2019