Ben Stein: Expelled

Another off-topic post:

Ben Stein, best known for his monotone “Bueller…Bueller” sound bite expelled-150x180in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as a Presidential speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and more recently, as a columnist with Yahoo! Finance, is starring in a documentary titled Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed that exposes what the film calls the “Darwin Machine”.

In Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Stein – who has also worked as a lawyer, an economist, an author and social commentator – embarks on a journey across the globe to answer the long disputed question “Were we designed or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning?”

The film, slated for a February 2008 release, highlights the  long-standing controversial debate between supporters of Darwinism, which suggests the universe was created by chance, and Intelligent Design, which argues that the creation of life and the universe are results of an intelligent “designer.”

Through interviews with representatives from both sides of the debate, Stein found out that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired in some cases for the fact that they believe there is evidence of “design” in benstein1 nature, challenging the idea that life is a result of random chance, according to a news release.

“There are people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God,” said Stein in the film’s trailer. “Scientists are not even allowed to think thoughts that involve an intelligent creator.”

For example, one biologist who allowed a peer-reviewed research paper describing the evidence for intelligence in the universe to be published in a scientific journal was the target of a smear and intimidation campaign by National Center for Science Education and the Smithsonian Institution, where he was a fellow, to get him expelled from his position. Flagged as egregious, the attack prompted a congressional investigation. (Source)

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3 Responses to Ben Stein: Expelled

  1. sensil says:

    I cannot comment on the movie, as I have not yet been able to see it. But I can comment on the trailer, which is misleading in many ways, and on this article, which is similarly misleading. In particular, the rejection of an editor by the scientific community because he acted outside the norms of scientific practice is a GOOD thing. Otherwise science would be a field full of charlatans. One of the things that has made science so powerful in developing our cars, computers, medicine, the houses we live in, the microwaves we cook food in, and the chairs which stop us falling to the floor when we sit down is the concept of peer review. It works. Period. It’s not victimization – it’s the scientific method. And this is not a free speech issue – people can say whatever they like, they just can’t call it good science when it’s not. Otherwise the kid in the classroom who says that rain is god’s tears could call himself a scientist, and we’d have to give him the same credibility as Ernest Rutherford. That way utter nonsense lies. I’m sorry Ben Stein has associated himself with this trailer, not just because of its misleading tone but also because of its abhorrent Nazi imagery. Seriously, Ben Stein should know better. What kind of truth is he looking for exactly – the truth of manipulation and deception? I hope not.

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