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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Expelled vs civilization

Recommended reading: John Derbyshire on Expelled. Excerpt:
And now here is Ben Stein, sneering and scoffing at Darwin, a man who spent decades observing and pondering the natural world — that world Stein glimpses through the window of his automobile now and then, when he’s not chattering into his cell phone. Stein claims to be doing it in the name of an alternative theory of the origin of species: Yet no such alternative theory has ever been presented, nor is one presented in the movie, nor even hinted at.
The rebuttal, such as it is, at William Dembski's blog is that Derbyshire hasn't seen the movie. But unless all the reviews -- including the positive ones -- were written by people with identical hallucinations, there's no need to see this movie to recognize it as offensive trash.

My only regret is I never went on Stein's game show to take some of his money.

UPDATE 5/2: I recommend Derbyshire's more recent post and this thoughtful review by Jim Manzi (both found via Rand Simberg).

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