Another Bad Review

It seems that if your news organization isn’t affiliated with a baptist church or a pro-ID organization, you have enough intelligence to see through Ben Stein. From MSNBC:

Rarely has a movie subtitle so capably assessed a movie’s content as does “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

Actually, I’d dispute that. “What the Bleep Do We Know?” really did make me wonder how ignorant you have to be to think that thoughts change the atomic structure of water.


The result of poor reviews and mediocre box office, I expect, is that Expelled will not succeed in changing American laws and forcing schools to teach Intelligent Design as well. The exercise — whipping up public opinion, holding restricted screenings, selling the movie to a targeted audience — is of more interest as a marketing campaign than as a debate between science and religion.

I agree with the latter part, but when you have people utterly convinced that evolution=Nazism, they will try to actively get rid of evolution.

And of course, they have gotten good reviews from church organizations, the Discovery Institution, and… Yahoo! “News”. Don’t worry, Yahoo! I’d already lost whatever respect I had for whatever credibility the news you churned out was when you reported that Destination Truth (a Sci-Fi channel (un)reality show) had found Yeti footprints.

Anyway, overall it’s good news for the good guys.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by James T Kirk on April 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I was so glad when I read that “What the Bleep do you know” was such a dumb video

  2. Ben Stein’s goal in making Expelled (i gather) is no so much to break box-office records but to promote dangerously-free thought, especially more thinking about motivations that drive American academia and a lot of other behind-the-scenes worldview that we tend to take for granted.

  3. And surely the academics are free to think whatever they want, and free to pursue whatever they want, but the real reason why they don’t get published in peer-reviewed journals is because Intelligent Design is such a bad idea that anybody can see through it, as these reviews have shown.

    It’s about as scientific as geocentricism. But, you’re free to believe that the Earth is the center of the universe if you want. However, if that was your belief and you are supposed to be teaching scientifically verified astronomy, perhaps you are in the wrong job.

    For information behind what REALLY happened to the academics who lost their jobs…

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