Expelled Movie Review (3 Thumbs Up!)

No Intelligence Allowed\

Hey, have you ever wondered why they don’t teach the personal religious beliefs of some of the population in science class to explain the origin of the universe? Me too!

Which is why I was really excited when I heard about “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

Hosted by Ben Stein, this movie takes a fair and balanced look at the unquestionable truth behind the fact that there is a conspiracy by scientists to suppress open discourse and allow the beliefs of design theory equal ground in the classroom alongside evolution.

A major theme in the film is the link between the beliefs preached by Darwin and the Holocaust. Which makes a lot of sense, because I actually have heard that the Nazis believed in evolution and used it to justify the things they did to the Jews.

There’s a really gripping part where Ben Stein starts crying at a concentration camp. Ben Stein is Jewish and there were millions of Jews killed in concentration camps. If evolution is even partly responsible for this, as stated in the movie, I think it is time to teach something else, so that it never happens again. I guess science means more to these people than the lives of millions of innocents.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

A good portion is devoted to illustrating that scientists are afraid of the truth and are pushing their own agendas because only popular theories get published.

“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”

Nope, no evolution here, just science!

But rather than a boring lecture on the scientific basis of design theory (which is what they call the science of intelligent design), it’s more of a Michael Moore-style ambush of the people actively trying to suppress any attempt to just admit the fact that evolution might be wrong and there is a way better way of explaining all this stuff.

He repeatedly sticks up for the little guys who had their careers ruined, simply because they tried to push a theory thought thoroughly unproven by the “scientific method.” This, in effect, is a tautology, because of course the scientific method is going to prove things that are based on science and thereby disprove anything that has no basis in scientific fact at all.

You really find yourself sympathizing with these poor people. Imagine if you went to your job and were just trying to enlighten people and then you got fired and ridiculed for it. I really found myself getting heated, several times throughout the showing.

The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. If I put forth a theory and people don’t like it and criticize it, I am being suppressed by their arguments against it. It’s a form of censorship. And this film has opened my eyes to the fact that it’s going on all over the country in many famous places that claim to be proponents of free thinking and open discourse.

In the interest of an open discussion, I will disclose that I actually never saw this film, but have read many articles and seen many news programs devoted to it that all felt it was a great and worthwhile project. I feel that I don’t need to see the whole thing to form a valid opinion of whether it speaks the truth.

I haven’t read a book by Shakespeare (who honestly has?) but that doesn’t make him any less great of a writer, right?

So, from what I have seen, I heartily recommend this entertaining and informative film. At the risk of being hyperbolic, I have decided to give it my first ever “three thumbs up” because I feel it is simply too powerful and important to only give 2.

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13 comments

  1. I took a class in college called ENGL 452: The Science of Shakespeare. We dissected the corpse of a guy who was born with a donkey head, and we also drank a lot of wine with the professor, Dr. Falstaff. He was a fat, drunk loser, but people were totally obsessed with him for some reason.

    We had several guest lecturers in the class, but those didn’t tend to go too well. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes gave a talk about the biology of familial interbreeding in Renaissance Italy, but then Leo drank some poison and Claire stabbed herself for some reason. Later, Al Pacino showed up and yelled “Hooo-ah!” I don’t know, I wasn’t really paying attention.

    On the last day, Mel Gibson gave a lecture on the psychology of Shakespeare and depictions of mental illness in his plays, but then he went nuts and stabbed everybody with poison-tipped swords. Only Bob Horatio was left alive to tell the tale. I skipped that day due to a hangover. I had gone out drinking the night before with Mike Trinculo and Alan Stephano, a couple of eighth year seniors. Whatevs, it was a blowoff course anyway.

  2. just saw Expelled, it’s thought-provoking for sure. it would seem the movie is designed to promote free thought, especially more thinking about the underlying motivations of American academia and a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff we should not take for granted.

  3. If evolution was overturned, you’re going to feel it.

    The flu vaccine you get every year? Yeah, say goodbye to that. Also say goodbye for the ones for smallpox, the cure for TB, and some anti-biotic resistant bacterial infections.

    Because we have all those thanks to evolutionary biology.

    Those forms of life all evolve so fast that our bodies can’t react fast enough, so we make vaccines to protect ourselves.

    You should think about that before you consider teaching “something else” that only states we have been created and doesn’t say anything about WHY we need new vaccines every year, or doesn’t tell us how to develop them. In fact, tells us nothing except we were created, which doesn’t amount to all that much when you think about it.

    But hey, maybe I’m biased.

    Fifteen years of vehement evolutionary denial, and going on three years of discovering the benefits of evolutionary biology in medicine and the included field of virology.

  4. You think you have it bad Cop? I’ve been denying evolution for eight million years.

    Ever since I emerged from the primordial mass in my amoebic form.

    A-thank you. A-thank you very much. try the veal.

  5. Somebody hasn’t seen the movie…. Somebody might take a look at it before posting comments….

    Maybe it was the 15 years of VEHEMENT denial, rather than a healthy denial!

  6. What an absurd post.

    It may interest you to know that Darwin himself was a theology student and was convinced by Paley’s watch maker argument which is effectively the sole, and utterly refuted, argument made by the Intellignet Design goons. Darwin later realised that this argument was wrong and explained why. ID is the old argument that has already been thoroughly disproven. It has never reached the heights of Theory, since a theory is a hypothesis that has been supported by evidence.

    Ben Steins film is dishonest and misleading on very many levels. The scientists that appeared in the film were deceived by the film makers and their comments edited to fit the film makers biased propaganda objectives. All fo this is beside the point however. The fact is that there is absolutely no evidence that supports ID. All ID arguments so far offered have been disproven by the evidence. Evidence is the core of science, not perosnal opinion, not arguments from authority. Evidence is the decider and the evidence for evolution is simply overwhelming whilst there remains not one shred of evidence that supports creationism outside of thousands of year old superstitious texts.

    Hitler was a catholic. Research it. Anti-semitisim has a long history far older than Darwin’s theory. To blame the holocaust on knowledge of evolution is akin to blaming the crusades on knowledge of carpentry.

    Your post has demonstrated nothing more than the ignorance that dishonest charlatans like Stein prey upon to promote their baseless agendas. An honest person faced with the facts will soon realise who is trying to mislead in this battle between Bronze Age supestition and open, unbiased inquiry. The facts are there waiting for you in countless books, scientific research papaers, experimental results from many independent fields of evidence based study. You can either investigate those resources or be content to let Stein’s dishonest rhetoric forever close your eyes to the knowledge of reality. Your choice.

  7. Suggested reading for Kieron: Charles Darwin, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life,” 1859, p. 155

    Here’s another:

    “I cannot pretend to throw the least light on such abstruse problems. The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.”—Charles Darwin

    And just in case you’re a little fuzzy on the definition of agnostic, Kieron, here’s a link:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/agnostic

    But I guess we shouldn’t really pay attention to all the other things Darwin had to say–just pay attention to the stuff we can cite and provide physical proof of, and name, and hypothesize about so we all look smarter than we actually are. Being the scientist you are, I’ll assume you’ll look it all up.

    P.S. I really am a charlatan. Did I mention Scott Baio is my boyfriend?

    P.P.P.S.S. Did you really mean to state “Evidence is the decider”? Because I thought ‘W’ was the decider. I’m so confused now.

  8. Ginger, if you’re going to constantly attempt to tie me down, I would prefer it be with ropes and nudity rather than labels such as “boyfriend.”

    LOL, just kidding, sweetie! You know I wuv you! XOXO

  9. Yeffth, magham!*

    *That was me saying “Yes, ma’am!” However, I am unable to type clearly with a ball gag in my mouth.

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