Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Elephant in the Room

I am posting one more review of Expelled, which is now out on DVD, because the reviewer mentions something missing from the other reviews that I read, which harped on the film-making of the movie and the one-sidedness of the presentation. This review, by A.J. Hakari, in Blogcritics Magazine, instead, addresses what is missing from the prosecution:

In not a single one of its 97 minutes does the film provide a valid argument as to why intelligent design should be accepted. Instead, Expelled spends its time depicting those who oppose it as being part of an atheistic conspiracy to rid the world of all religious thoughts. This movie discusses Darwinists the same way that Ann Coulter refers to liberals, as if they all travel in packs just waiting to pounce on and discredit anyone who disagrees with them. Virtually the entire film is one story after another about how the big, bad scientific community is out to put the kibosh on anyone in the academic world who dares even mention intelligent design. But Expelled does nothing to counter its subject's detractors, rather trying to win its argument not by being right but by making the competition look as bad as possible.

No theory, no science. The other great comment about the "new atheists" is:

I have no doubt that there are those a little too trigger-happy when it comes to shooting down intelligent design, those who aren't willing to give it even a little consideration. But these people are all that Expelled talks to, and using figures like Richard Dawkins to represent the entire scientific community is like saying Charles Manson is indicative of all Californians.


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