What if Creationism and Evolution Were “Switched”? January 25, 2008

What if Creationism and Evolution Were “Switched”?

Duelity is the brainchild of Vancouver Film School students Marcos Ceravolo and Ryan Uhrich.

Their animations present “medieval-church-style” evolution and “scientific” Creationism.

Which one is which…?


First, the videos can be seen separately. Then you can watch them juxtaposed side by side (above pic).

When you watch the latter, it’s really fascinating animation.

I’m not a scientist so I won’t comment on the actual problems with the presentation of evolution here. Needless to say, even I caught a number of mistakes with it.

That said, it’s interesting how the way we frame the position can have an impact on how we view it.

(Thanks to Gadren for the link!)

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  • I like tea

    That said, it’s interesting how the way we frame the position can have an impact on how we view it.

    That’s not really what I got from it. The first video was just the same old creationist nonsense with some charts and graphs applied (throwaway jokes like “Adam v.01” didn’t change that). The second video I found far more interesting, mainly because the sheer age and scope of our universe really is worthy of what might be described as religious awe. But given that I know that there’s actual science behind the assertions made by the second video, the stained-glass artwork (which is beautiful, by the way) and reverential narration don’t make it seem any less credible.

    That’s just my take. It’s an interesting thought experiment, but like the movie “White Man’s Burden,” seems rather pointless because the change is entirely cosmetic.

  • it was visually pleasant but i didn’t like that it gives the impression that creationism and the theory of evolution are somehow equals.

  • Milena

    It was pretty interesting, but some of the mistakes in the explanation of evolution really are rather obvious. I imagine presenting the primordial soup wouldn’t have fit with the time frame of the duality video, but that’s no excuse to say that bacteria originated from outer-space and was carried to Earth atop meteors.

  • It’s “Duelity,” NOT duality. A play on words… Very cute.

    Aside from its validity, the video is brilliant in its creativity. I loved it! Thank you, Hemant, for showing it to us!

  • I like it. I like it a lot.

    It was an interesting switch with the analytical style presenting the creationist view and the poetic style presenting the scientific view.

    To even think that there is a 50-50 probability of which one is right is quite amusing… (and misleading). I’ll let each of you figure out for yourself which is the more probable,

    I also enjoyed watching them just as Hemant recommended. Each one by itself, then watch them presented together…

  • cautious

    This video was interesting. The science portrayed, well, whatever, it’s not in Nature or Science. Also I loved the first tetrapod literally jumping out of the water onto land.

    It would be interesting if scientific facts were what supported the Genesis account, and if theological dogma was what supported a naturalistic viewpoint. Putting the two accounts next to each other, and swapping the style of speech about both, points out the failings of both: Genesis just plain is not good science, and evolution makes a crappy theology.

  • I found this through Stumble Upon a month or so ago, and have been recommending it to people ever since. So, naturally, it’s fascinating to see people referring to the film. Really is a work of art, isn’t it?

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