A couple of weeks ago I posted a preview of the movie Expelled, which hit theaters a few days ago. Now I have seen it, and it exceeded my expectations. I would like to share some random thoughts rather than a well-structured review.
1. Ben Stein was very funny. I enjoy his dry wit a lot. He is also very smart, and he included lots of smart people in the documentary–smart people on both sides of the debate.
2. The metaphor of the Berlin Wall was probably a bit over the top, but it was certainly effective. It is true that a group of anointed scientists has built a wall to keep out any scientific challenges to Darwinism. Boiled down to its essence, the expulsion of ID proponents from science jobs is very similar to the Berlin Wall. Both were meant to keep out unwelcome and unsettling ideas.
3. One of my internal reactions while I watched the film was Hey, they can’t have it both ways. By that I mean that elite scientists are very unethical when they prevent ID proponents from getting tenure, from publishing research, and from winning grants, and then turn around and say that ID theory is invalid because none of the proponents is a recognized scientist with tenure, and that ID has no peer-reviewed, published works to cite. They are also vey unethical when they expel one ID proponent after another and then claim that no ID proponents are getting expelled, as they did in the interviews shown in the film.
4. Stein very clearly and powerfully established the link between Darwinism and the Nazi eugenics program, which included the attempted extermination of the Jews as an inferior breed of humans.
5. In light of Darwinism’s link to eugenics, which is then linked to euthansia and abortion, we must understand that there is a lot more at stake than the tenure of a few professors. The soul of humanity, and our future, are very much at stake.
6. The funniest moment for me was when Richard Dawkins posited the hypothesis that the very first self-replicating molecule on earth might have been engineered by highly intelligent creatures from somewhere else in the universe. A lady in the audience called out, “Where did they come from?” I thought to myself that he will regret those remarks for the rest of his life.
7. People think that they have given a final death blow to the film’s credibility by saying that it is propaganda. Yes, it’s propaganda. So what? It’s no more and no less propaganda than Fahrenheit 9/11 or than An Inconvenient Truth. What matters is not whether the film is propaganda but whether or not its assertions are true. Unless someone convinces me otherwise, I beleive that most of them are.