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Time gives “Expelled” two opposable thumbs down!

Yet another (negative) review of “Expelled” the Ben Stein, Intelligent Design propaganda piece of crap has been published, this time at Says the author:

The man made famous by Ferris Bueller, however, quickly wades into waters far too deep for him. He makes all the usual mistakes nonscientists make whenever they try to take down evolution, asking, for example, how something as complex as a living cell could have possibly arisen whole from the earth’s primordial soup. The answer is it couldn’t–and it didn’t. Organic chemicals needed eons of stirring and slow cooking before they could produce compounds that could begin to lead to a living thing. More dishonestly, Stein employs the common dodge of enumerating all the admittedly unanswered questions in evolutionary theory and using this to refute the whole idea. But all scientific knowledge is built this way. A fishnet is made up of a lot more holes than strings, but you can’t therefore argue that the net doesn’t exist. Just ask the fish.

Tip of the hat to Jeffrey Klueger for such a review. However, he does make a bad point. In the beginning of the article he says the following:

There is nothing so tiresome as an argument that no one will ever concede–particularly if the participants don’t seem to know it. And there’s no place the fighting is growing more pointless than in the ongoing smackdown between evolutionists and advocates of intelligent design–the theory that the emergence of life must have been guided by a sentient planner.

I don’t think our fight is pointless, regardless if the IDiots give up or not. We, at least I, am not fighting to get the dudes at the Discovery Institute ( who’s never discovered anything) to change their mind. I am utterly indifferent to what they believe. We are fighting to keep such nonsense out of our education system. That is not pointless. That is comendable, as far as I can tell.

However, with that one little exception, thank you Times for this review.


April 12, 2008 - Posted by | Critical Thinking, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Pseudo-science, Science | , , ,

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