I just got back from watching Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed produced and hosted by Ben Stein. I haven’t really read any reviews for the movie before. I saw a couple of interviews Ben Stein did and then saw the commercials. Honestly I’ve never gone to watch a documentary in a movie theater before. I was tempted to wait until it came out on DVD. I’m glad I didn’t.
Ben Stein did a remarkable job making a case for the “wall” that has gone up in academia regarding the origins question. If you are on the “right” side of the wall then you are ok. If not then you are ostracized, marginalized and sometimes expelled.
It didn’t promote creation. Stein even interviewed a professor (for the life of me I can’t remember his name – see the movie), who was in favor of the theory of intelligent design, who said he was liberal and not religious at all. He interviewed a number of the academia who were in favor of intelligent design and what they had to say was compelling.
What intrigued me the most was the interviews he did with well know scientists and professors who hold to the theory of evolution. The best known for those who don’t follow this debate is Richard Dawkins, author of the God Delusion. By the way, just a quick digression, one commenter in my last post said there is no such thing as Darwinism – at least three of the ID dissenters interviewed, including Dawkins used the term.
Intelligent Design doesn’t start with the Bible. It starts with science and then goes where the evidence leads. Like conclusions about the structure of a cell and DNA – discoveries in microbiology where the evidence points to design not randomness.
The problem is that you can ask those questions, and look at evidence, so long as you do not conclude ID. Anything by design, excuse me, anything but design by a higher power. Dawkins is ok with the pursuit of ID, he thinks that design may explain some of the problems within evolution. He just believes that design is from a more “evolved race” that came and began life here. I mean anything, but God. Here is how he feels about God.
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
So in other words, life began because of aliens or perhaps life began on crystals as another scientist suggests. They don’t have an answer for our origins. Answers they give are not science they are metaphysical answers.
We need to tear down the wall so a rational, honest discussion/debate can occur. The freedom of inquiry should not be denied to our scientists.