I sat and watched the extended trailer for what looks like it’d be the most mind-numbing (and dumbing) movie ever made. I’m referring to Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and you can find the trailer on Youtube – no way I’m providing a direct link to that shash, you’ll have to find it yourself!
Anyhoo, apart from the fact that Ben Stein’s nasal drone could be used instead of general anesthesia there were a couple of things that struck me as underlining how feeble an attempt at promoting creationism intelligent design and discrediting Darwin that the full movie is likely to be.
In Stein’s worldview evolutionists believe life is the result of “mud animated by lightning” – a total trivialisation and incorrect summation of the various theories of Abiogenesis, focused particularly on the Miller-Urey experiment. His intent when using that phrase being to infer that science is not only wrong but also absurd. However the biblical story, which Stein appears to literally believe, tells how man was created from dust animated by “the breath of life”?!? So surely by these exacting standards Stein’s assertion (and that of his creationist buddies) is equally absurd?
One of the main premises of this movie seems to be how ‘scientists’ who dare to voice their support of creationism intelligent design and to “question Darwinism” are systematically attacked and unfairly criticised. Stein goes on to say that this is because we are living in the age of Darwin and how such treatment would never have taken place in the ages of Galileo and Einstein. Hang on, Darwin (1809-1882) was dead and gone long before Einstein (1879-1955) started his illustrious scientific career. So surely the age of Darwin predates that of Einstein? It would seem accuracy is not a strong suit amongst those involved with this so-called documentary.
I could score more points based solely on the content of this extended trailer but it’d be a waste of time. There are plenty of others who have already shot down the whole movie and you can find a whole list of these here on the Expelled Exposed web site. If you are interested in the realities of scientific endeavour and enquiry then that is a much better place to start than Ben Stein’s movie.