Monday, June 29, 2009

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Last night, I watched the Ben Stein movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." The thrust of the movie was that a number of scientists have argued that Intelligent Design has a place at the table with respect to the debate over the origin of life on earth. Some of those scientists have lost their jobs simply for making the case that Intelligent Design could explain some of the things that Darwinism does not explain, and cannot explain.

The movie does not argue religion or the existence of God, per se.

I would highly recommend this movie, if you haven't seen it. It's a real eye opener, and presented from a logical and scientific point of view.


6 comments:

Sue June 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM  

So glad I stumbled upon your blog! I have been wanting to see "Expelled" since I first heard about it. Now for sure I will make a point to find it and watch it.
I have linked you to my blog. Hope that is OK. I am SOOOO impressed with your political savvy...and at such a young age. Gives me TRUE HOPE in a future for our children and grandchildren...if the Lord tarries.
GOD BLESS!

Lindsay June 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

My husband and I watched the movie a few months ago, and we were actually pretty disappointed.

1. Yes the scientists who lost their jobs, is inexcusable. I totally agree!

2. The problem I have with the debate it seems too often people are not debating the same issue. Intelligent Design vs Big Bang Theory. Both theories can coexist with Darwinism. But it seems often people (on both sides) intermingle all three ideas, rather than argue them individually. Personal pet peeve..

3. I also wanted to know more about the arguments for intelligent design. The movie seemed to continually say, well there is plenty of proof, but never went into an "education segment." It just seemed the argument for was shallow, to which I was disappointed, because I wanted more substance.

4. Yes, yes my opinion is biased, because I really dislike documentaries period.

5. I do like that it shows that intelligent design from a scientific perspective rather than purely a religious perspective. But again, it doesn't describe in details this perspective, it merely shows that scientists support the theory.

6. While the Nazi camp woman was shocking, I don't think you can directly blame Darwin for the Nazi eugenics beliefs. The Oneida community, a Christian-based community in New York in the early Americas practiced an attempt to create a perfect race. While I am in no way condoning the Nazis, I think the holocaust was horrible, but at the same time, I don't think that was the way to discredit Darwin, to associate him with Hitler & the Third Reich.

7. I do agree the science community has a fierce commitment to Darwinism, and discrediting anything Darwin said is blasphemy. But I think that goes back to my annoyance about which debate are you fighting. Darwin & Intelligent Design can co-exist, so I felt to focus should be attacking the big bang theory, which can be done, rather than attacking Darwin & evolution.

I completely respect your opinion of the movie, and feel free to delete the comment. I'm not trying to bash anything. I just had a lot of problems with the movie, and expected a lot more from Ben Stein, someone I greatly respect and admire.

Lindsay June 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

On a side note, I really really do enjoy your blog, I was just giving another opinion on the movie.

Miss T.C. Shore June 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM  

Lindsay,

I know the movie isn't for everybody. I think you missed the point of the movie, though. The point wasn't to argue intelligent design, but rather to point out the hypocrisy of a scientific community that claims to be open minded, but is closed minded on one issue because it doesn't fit their world view.

The movie did make the same point you did that Darwinism didn't CAUSE Naziism, but rather pointed out that Darwinism is an inherent part of Naziism. A subtle but important distinction.

I, too, felt that the segment on the relationship between Naziism and Darwinism was "out of place" with the rest of the movie. It made a more political point, but seemed to sidetrack from the main point of the movie; that Intelligent Design needs to have a seat at the table of debate.

Lindsay June 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

I think when I saw the movie, it was told to be as a Intelligent Design vs Darwin and the Big Bang Theory movie. Not showing the hypocracies in the science community.

I think they showed the hypocracies well, but if they had more substance to the intelligent design argument it would have furthered the cause more than it did.

Bungalow Bill June 29, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

I love this movie. I have blogged about it a couple of times and it attracts the angry evolutionists. I thought Stein did a great job of showing the holes in Darwin's theory, which probably tells me why you may see some angry evolutionists too.

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