There’s an article in the NY Times today by Cornelia Dean that is rather interesting, apart from the boilerplate comments by the author that, “There is no credible scientific challenge to the theory of evolution as an explanation for the complexity and diversity of life on earth,” which is demonstrably untrue.
Anyway, it seems that “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” the movie about the persecution of ID advocates in academia ia ruffling a few feathers. It seems that Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, and PZ Myers are all interviewed in the film, and now they are crying foul. Dawkins says he wouldn’t have appeared had he known what the film was about. So, obviously these three were lied to about the premise behind the movie, right? Right? Oh wait, no, they simply didn’t even ask what it was about.
Mr. Stein, a freelance columnist who writes Everybody’s Business for The New York Times, conducts the film’s on-camera interviews. The interviews were lined up for him by others, and he denied misleading anyone. “I don’t remember a single person asking me what the movie was about,” he said in a telephone interview.
So, maybe they were misled by those tricky IDists and their changing film title, because no one does that, right? Right? Oh yeah, movies do this all the time. Most films go through a name change. Who can forget that cultural and box office juggernaut, “Snakes on a Plane?” That title was never intended to be the actual title of the movie. The only reason that title was retained was because of popular support for the title. Lots of movies change titles, this is nothing new.
They even go so far as to complain about the tone of the website? This is nothing more than advertizing. I don’t know why they would be upset by that. But the worst part is yet to come, and I’ll cover that in part II.