New Illustra Media DVD on the Cambrian Explosion available to pre-order

ARN reports on “Darwin’s Dilemma”, the final DVD in the magnificent intelligent design trilogy.


The final film in Illustra Media’s long-planned Intelligent Design trilogy, Darwin’s Dilemma, is scheduled for release September 15, 2009 and is currently available for pre-order at ARN at a special introductory price.

This documentary will examine what many consider to be the most powerful refutation of Darwinian evolution-the Cambrian fossil evidence. Charles Darwin realized that the fossil evidence did not support his theory of gradual, step-by-step evolutionary development. He hoped that future generations of scientists would make the discoveries necessary to validate his ideas. Today, after more than 150 years of exploration fossil evidence of slow, incremental biological change has yet to be excavated. Instead, we find a picture of the rapid appearance of fully developed, complex organisms during the outset of the Cambrian geological era. Organisms that embody almost all of the major animal body plans that exist today. This remarkable explosion of life is best explained by the existence of a transcendent intelligence.

Filmed on four continents, this fascinating documentary examines some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made… and, with them, a mystery deeper than Darwin ever imagined. The Cambrian explosion was actually an explosion of biological information: assembly instructions in DNA and embryonic blueprints that directed the development of the first complex animals…information that points unmistakably to foresight, purpose and intelligent design.

Darwin’s Dilemma is a high-quality documentary that includes interviews with world-class paleontologists Simon Conway Morris and James Valentine, as well as leading intelligent design theorists and scientists Paul Nelson, Jonathan Wells, Stephen C. Meyer, Paul Chien, Doug Axe, and Richard Sternberg.

I would click through to ARN’s description if you’re interested, they have a feature list! They also link to the trailer, which you can view online.

Paul Chien and Simon Conway Morris are the top two paleontologists on Cambrian era fossils in the world, in my opinion. (One is an expert on the Burgess Shale in Canada, the other on the Chengjiang Valley in China – the two best locations in the world for Cambrian era fossils). James Valentine is also an expert on the Cambrian era fossils. This will be a HOOT!

Related DVDs

The first two DVDs “Unlocking the Mystery of Life” and “The Privileged Planet” are must-buys, but you can watch them on youtube if you want, for free.

Here are the 2 playlists:

I also recommend Coldwater Media’s “Icons of Evolution”. All three of these are on sale from

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I have to tell you a joke. I just bought an Expelled DVD for one of the guys in my office. But a different guy in my office watched it all by himself on the weekend, the same weekend I went to his church, which he has always been trying to get me to do. Well I offered to take the second guy out to lunch so we could talk about it, but he wants me to rake his lawn for him! He has a HUGE lawn in the country!

The things I do to make people learn things so God will have a stronger bench!

2 thoughts on “New Illustra Media DVD on the Cambrian Explosion available to pre-order”

  1. Thanks Wintery Knight for informing us – I think everyone should order this. I have 2 DVDs by Illustra Media (Unlocking the Mysteries of Life and Priveleged Planet) and they are excellent, high quality, and professionally put together.

    I don’t have the Darwin’s Dilemma DVD, but I can tell you that the Cambrian Explosion is a powerful argument against evolution, and if you are not familiar with it, or if you have friends who don’t know about it you should definitely order this DVD.


  2. It’s certainly an important piece of the overall picture of the problem with macro-evolutionary theory. The honest responses I’ve seen from top-in-the-field darwinists about the Cambrian explosion boil down to “evolution in the gaps” or “I’m sure we’ll figure out how to get around this problems some day.”

    I think the more sticky and nasty problems for macro-evolutionists is speciation. It is a fundamental and core part of the theory, that one species can become another, but there are are any number of difficulties that can’t just be waved away, such as:

    Observed limits of change through husbandry, agriculture, and way way too many generations of gnats (biological limits within a species)

    Problems with the “tree of life” and the dna evidence making the morphologically based tree look like a tangled spider web

    I don’t find the fossil record particularly relevant… arguing from a lack of evidence, which both sides do on this, is bad form.

    Great job really stepping out in practical and tangible ways to bribe your friends to give you some time. The meals are the best, because then you get the added benefit of time with them in one of the most intimate human activities (I said ONE of…)


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