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.”

Academic Freedom Gaining

Florida has pushed the academic freedom bill through both senate committees now. All that remains is for the full senate to vote on it. This is a good thing for the students of Florida!

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.

Fingerprints on our DNA

A new study has found fingerprints on our DNA. Kinda like what one would expect to find if a designer wanted to leave an imprint behind. Imagine that. This is solid evidence for ID science. They also affirm that all of our DNA is biologically important to us as opposed to being junk, which is something that ID science has been saying for quite some time now. Two vindications in one!