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Blogging Break

I get hate mail, it’s a normal occurrence. Ever since Expelled came out, however, I seem to be getting more of, and it is becoming more and more virulent. Here’s an example:

Professor smith or whatever your name is
Your (sic) a lair (sic) and an IDiot. your movie sux (sic) and your (sic) just a stupid jesus loving lying IDiot. (sic) I hope you get your [expletive deleted] expelled because you [expletive deleted] are [expletive deleted] retards and you should just get it over with and die already. [expletive deleted]

Mind you, that’s actually one of the better ones both in terms of niceness and grammar. The materialists are on the run and they know it. But, on the other hand, it’s rather draining to wade through all these emails. Plus, my work is taking a good turn, but it requires some long hours and with the weather warming up I’m trying to get as much sun as I can (when I’m not working). So, my heart’s not really in it right now. I’m going to take a break for a while and see what happens.

I do reserve the right to post sporadically during this break.

Faces

I have to admit, I failed this test. I could not correctly identify which faces corresponded to which attitudes. In fact, I really don’t see much difference between the faces, so I had a 50% chance and got it wrong. I have a feeling that there was probably some sort of bias set up to get the right answer in this study, although probably unintentionally. Do physical features really determine what our mindset is? I don’t think so.

Expelled!

In lieu of dog day Sunday, I’m going to post some great reviews of Expelled!

The first:

This is not your father’s documentary. “Expelled” rocks the house both literally and figuratively. It’s gripping, music-packed, comically wry and always entertaining. But its entertainment value is yet surpassed by its educational merit. Throughout the film, Stein boldly shines a light of honest inquiry, revealing time and again that Evolution’s Emperor has no clothes. In his trademark deadpan fashion, Stein skillfully debunks the dogmatic neo-Darwinist programming we’ve all had relentlessly rammed down our throats ever since “Big Science” went bananas over that cute little Scopes Monkey.

Enter Richard Dawkins. Dawkins, a prominent evolutionist, outspoken atheist and the best-selling author of “The God Delusion,” is featured throughout the film. In one segment, he sits down with Stein for a heart-to-heart. After dancing around several pointed questions about how life began, Dawkins finds himself at a logical impasse with no surplus of sci-fi rhetoric. He’s finally forced to concede that, indeed, an intelligent being may have created life on earth. However, that being could not have been “God,” but rather, it must have been some organic, alien life form. Of course, that alien life form has to have been a product of “Darwinian evolution.”

Through tears of wild laughter, audience members watch as Dawkins — apparently grasping the dizzying nature of his own circular argument — turns three shades of red and becomes purply tight-lipped.

The second:

Evolution is another one of those one-sided debates. We know the concept of Intelligent Design is stifled in academic circles. An entire documentary to state the obvious? You can see my reluctance to view it.

I went into the screening bored. I came out of it stunned.

Ben Stein’s extraordinary presentation documents how the worlds of science and academia not only crush debate on the origins of life, but also crush the careers of professors who dare to question the Darwinian hypothesis of evolution and natural selection.

Monkey Calls

New research has been done to find out that monkeys have calls for danger. Big deal. We’ve known for a while that many animals have calls for danger. Chickadees, for instance, have a specific call where they repeat the “Dee” part multiple times to denote the level of danger. We also know that dolphins and whales emit calls to each other for various reasons. The fact remains that humans are still leaps and bounds above all the other animals in communicative abilities and cognitive abilities.

Satellite Views

OK. This is just pretty darn cool. Enjoy the pictures. Just don’t worry about the debris of those satellites coming down through the atmosphere – although most of them will completely burn up upon re-entry, but some won’t.

A (Mostly) Fair Article About Expelled

It’s amazing to find an article that is mostly fair towards ID and the movie, “Expelled,” but I think I’ve found one that gets pretty close.

David Berlinski, an author and proponent of intelligent design who was interviewed in the film, said “Expelled” looks to foster debate about other ideas regarding the origin of life on Earth.

“The film, itself, is a plea for open-mindedness and tolerance,” he said.

Berlinski said he doesn’t want to see scientists force intelligent design out of the discussion.

“What conceivable good is going to be served by excluding them from the beginning?” he said.

Berlinski is such an erudite thinker/speaker/etc so it’s good that the paper would go to him for quotes. He makes a rather good case.

PZ Myers, is quoted in here too though:

University of Minnesota-Morris biology professor PZ Myers tells his students the first day of class that he’s an atheist.

How is this not a violation of the first amendment? If a Christian professor told his students on the first day of class that he is a Christian, the Dawkinsists would be up in arms and looking to fire that professor on the spot. Yet, it’s just fine and dandy for Myers to stand up and try to force his beliefs on others. This is the height of hypocrisy.

Even Myers said he wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a creator, but that “for it to be science, what you have to have is evidence,” he said.

“If they want to make that argument, bring some facts to the table,” he said. “Show us something we can test.”

This is an outright lie by Myers. He will never consider the possibility of design. How do I know? I know because evidence has been brought to the table, facts have been brought to the table. Myers refuses to look at them or acknowledge their existence. He’s a Dawkinsists through and through, with the characteristic fingers in ears prayer stance and their mantra on his lips, “I’m not listening and I don’t care about the facts, you can’t change my mind.”

Cult of Personality

Dawkins is going to play himself in the new Dr. Who show.

Showrunner Russell T Davies revealed the casting of the popular author and biologist to The Independent and spoke of the impact of Dawkins’s presence during filming. “People were falling at his feet,” said Davies. “We’ve had Kylie Minogue on that set, but it was Dawkins people were worshipping. He has brought atheism proudly out of the closet!”

“He was as mad and as barking as you’d want him to be.”

Wow, atheists worshipping Dawkins…how apropos.