The Genius of Birds. . . evidence best explained by an intelligence that transcends the natural world.
FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds is the first film in Illustra Media’s new series THE DESIGN OF LIFE. Each episode explores a different realm of the animal kingdom and the remarkable biological systems that make life on Earth possible. Photographed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica, FLIGHT probes mysteries and mechanisms of a bird’s anatomy, instinct, navigation, and embryology to reveal stunning provisions essential for life in the skies.
You’ll marvel at a hummingbird s unique skeletal, muscular, and metabolic systems all vital to its spectacular aerial acrobatics; the endurance and navigational abilities of an Arctic tern as it travels from pole to pole during the longest migration on the planet; the instinctive strategies that enable a flock of 300,000 European starlings to evade predators at break-neck speeds; the elaborate network of a million component parts that make a single feather an aerodynamic masterpiece, and much more.
Just one word seems appropriate: WOW! Apart from the cinematography – which was extraordinary – I was most impressed by the lineup of biologists/researchers and the way the story of flight was told. I must say that I never questioned natural selection until I was presented with the million individual components of just a single feather and tried to wrap my head around how EACH of those components could have possibly evolved its form/function without some kind of intelligent design. And, if required to build a 747, then what about the infinitely more complex bird? What is truly masterful… Is that as the documentary comes to an end, it “quietly compels” the viewer to wonder and to ask of him/herself the most important question of all: So, who/what is the intelligent designer? The bird itself, or . . .? A perfect place for closing credits! Absolutely fantastic! I’m sending the DVD to my parents for circulation in my family. (C.C. – LA)