Expelled

Expelled

No Intelligence Allowed

DVD - 2008
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MPAA rating: PG; for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking.
Ben Stein travels the world on a quest to learn an awe-inspiring truth - that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure, and even fired for merely believing that there might be evidence of 'design' in nature, and that perhaps life is not the result of accidental, random chance, but of intelligent design.
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : Vivendi Visual Entertainment, c2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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rswcove
Mar 31, 2016

There are very few films that are as dishonest as this one. The careful manipulation of facts and deliberate deception used is truly appalling as the film tries desperately to present as a persecuted group of heroes, a group of fringe lunatics with no experimental evidence, no data, no testable hypotheses or theories. Virtually nothing asserted by this film can be taken at face value, and much of it is presented in such as way that actual provable fact is presented as false and bald lies are presented as a persecuted truth trying to be heard.

This film is not non-fiction. This film is not a documentary. This film is a piece of propaganda so outlandish it doesn't even deserve to be called fiction.

Do a quick google search on Ben Stein Expelled source check or similar. This film is a lying house of cards that falls apart at the first puff of wind.

EuSei Jan 24, 2016

The vitriol in many of the negative reviews and the dogged defense of the so-called "mislead scientists" indicates the reviewers’ bias. Stein is more interested in dissecting whether there really is stonewalling in academia, and whether important issues regarding science, philosophy and metaphysics are being conflated and misrepresented to the public. ID as a "scientific theory" might not be meaningful or even valid, but it becomes clear from the film that the issues to which ID is directed are not necessarily the "how" of biological processes but the "why". Of course science is not meant to tackle "why," but concerns itself with the "how." And that is where the problem is. Dawkins and many like him have set up a straw man, claiming an explanatory scope for one particular interpretation of Darwin's theory of evolution far beyond its capacity to explain. They stretch science beyond the "how" to the "why" by hypothesizing about life origins even though Darwin has not done so, save in some private letters, and his theory has never meant to encompass it. So Dawkins and many like him have created a false dichotomy, pitting science against religion, conflating science and metaphysics to the point of arguing metaphysics doesn't even have a place in the human quest for knowledge. Well, that is a strict philosophical position one can hold independent of empirical science. But it isn't any more valid than the metaphysical claims of ID. The film wasn't deceptive nor misrepresented any of the scientists, but it would have been stronger, had Stein asked William Dembksi about some of his own statements regarding ID as the basis for a greater cultural movement, not really representing a scientific theory per se. David Berlinski came across as the most incisive mind of the bunch, articulating issues for what they were. He correctly pointed out how difficult it is to even talk about Darwinism since the concept of species itself is not well understood and continually redefined and refined. On the connection made between Darwin's theory and eugenics, and Hitler. Well, connections have been made between Wagner's music and Hitler, Nietzsche's philosophy and Hitler. Which means that when arguing from the theory as a premise, one can end up devaluing human life. So science cannot remain neutral since the ideas it raises will have consequences. Berlinski, again, points out that Darwinism was not a sufficient condition for the development of Hitler's "ultimate solution," but it was a necessary condition. Expelled fulfills its mission in raising awareness of the problem of discussing certain scientific and philosophical issues in academia and in the scientific establishment. As a general metaphysical world view, ID has as much support in human history and evolution (yes, evolution) as atheism. And really, as it is clear from Dawkins' words, his real agenda is no less than to claim that atheism is the only intelligent choice. And apparently this should not be debated or arrived at by rational discourse, but by de facto pronouncements and edicts, from Dawkins and those who think like him. I don't think so. This film encourages people to look into this for themselves and study what is at issue. In the marketplace of ideas truth eventually triumphs. History has taught us at least that. Why stonewall? I recommend this film to those with an open mind who enjoy a good debate now and then.

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naturalist
Jan 23, 2016

About the creationist wedge strategy:
“15 Years Ago, the Intelligent Design Movement’s ‘Wedge Document’ Was Exposed”
by Hemant Mehta, posted February 8, 2014 to the Friendly Atheist blog, Patheos
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/02/08/15-years-ago-the-intelligent-design-movements-wedge-document-was-exposed/
and,
“The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream”
by Barbara Forrest Ph.D.
http://infidels.org/library/modern/barbara_forrest/wedge.html
and,
“Wedge Strategy” entry from RationalWiki
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Wedge_Strategy
and,
“Ben Stein – Creationist of the Month”
posted May 9, 2008, to The Darwin Report
https://thedarwinreport.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/ben-stein-creationist-of-the-month/

DebAK Jan 23, 2016

This should be watched by all students, who have been so brainwashed they no longer know how to think. Excellent work! (I'd also highly recommend people to watch the program before attempting to discredit Ben Stein.)

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ANITRA L FREEMAN
Mar 17, 2014

Would anyone consider it outrageous if a professor of astrophysics was ridiculed, denied tenure, and fired for insisting that the sun orbited around the earth? Anyone trying to teach alchemy as science is unqualified to teach science, and so is anyone trying to teach "Intelligent Design" as science. These comments will have no effect on adults determined to hold onto their prejudices. I seriously advise students to consider which will serve your future better: alchemy or chemistry; geocentrism or astrophysics; "Intelligent Design" or all the scientific frontiers opened by the theory of evolution.

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renewmaterials
Feb 17, 2014

I think this is a very interesting and provocative film that I think would be profitable for everyone to see. I think Mr. Stein makes some very good points that there is a great deal of inconsistency and hypocritical treatment of others, particularly in academia, that encourages repression of free speech and ideas and even a form of persecution for those who do not hold with the ruling authorities views. There are very few people who truly have an open mind when it comes to this divisive and potentially explosive issue. There are points of merit that both of the opposing sides hold, which, unfortunately, few concede. Although this is a very intriguing film that does make you think of clever connections that ought to be considered; I do think this movie probably fails to really change any one's hearts or minds on this issue because it can come across as inflammatory, but I suppose that is often what entertainers/comedians do.

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TheOnlyRealDonleys
Feb 15, 2014

Here we have an economics major without the slightest grasp of elementary biology attempt to explain all life on the planet by way of assumption, cherry picking, and outright deception. Unfortunately for Mr. Stein not one of his arguments hold up to even the most basic scrutiny. Ultimately what we have is creationism, a perfectly acceptable theological concept, repackaged as the supposedly scientific theory of Intelligent Design. The issue is, however, the only way for intelligent design to work is if you ignore not only absolute reams of hard data but also any definable parameter of a testable scientific method. And what's worse is that it has clearly been targeted at children.

What Stein and his colleagues miss entirely is that the difference between a theory and an idea is the ability to test your hypothesis. Macro and micro evolution have both been demonstrated under laboratory conditions (nevermind in front of our very eyes in the case of controlled breeding for instance), a fact they outright deny, whereas barring the spontaneous generation of a new species on film Intelligent Design is simply unprovable. This is what keeps it out of the science classroom, not some ludicrous notion of Christian persecution.

The case for Intelligent Design can be made on theological grounds as a theological concept. Presenting it as this film does, as viable science, is wholly dishonest. What's more is I have seen it done better. It would be an outright tragedy if this film were to shape anyone's idea of what science actually is.

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white_deer_41
Feb 12, 2014

I am a high school student and I think this this is the best movie defending intelligent design I have ever watched.

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SAPL454
Jan 12, 2014

Intelligent design-I wonder? What about God?

DebAK Jun 23, 2013

This should be watched by all students, who have been so brainwashed they no longer know how to think. Excellent work! (I'd also highly recommend people to watch the program before attempting to discredit Ben Stein.)

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susienor Jun 24, 2013

David Berlinski: It'd be nice to see the scientific establishment lose some of its prestige and power. It'd be nice to see other questions being opened up. Above all, it'd be nice to have a real spirit of self-criticism penetrating the sciences.

susienor Jun 24, 2013

Alister McGrath: Richard Dawkins has a charming, and very I think interesting view of the relationship between science and religion. They're at war with each other. And in the end, one's got to win. And it's going to be science. It's a very naive view. It's based on a complete historical misrepresentation of the way science and religion has been directed. Dawkins seems to think that scientific description is an anti-religious argument. Describing how something happens scientifically, somehow explains it away. It doesn't. But the questions of purpose, intentionality, the question why, still remain there on the table.

susienor Jun 24, 2013

John Polkinghorne: People who tell you, for example, that science tells all you need to know about the world, or what science tells you is all wrong, or science tells us there is no God, those people aren't telling you scientific things. They are saying metaphysical things, and they have to defend their positions for metaphysical reasons.

susienor Jun 24, 2013

Ben Stein: What if after you died you ran into God, and he says, what have you been doing, Richard? [...] I gave you a multi-million dollar paycheck, over and over again with your book, and look what you did.
Richard Dawkins: Bertrand Russell had that point put to him, and he said something like: Sir, why did you take such pains to hide yourself?
Ben Stein: But, if the Intelligent Design people are right, He isn't hidden. We may even be able to encounter God through science, if we have the freedom to go there. What could be more intriguing than that?

aaa5756 May 05, 2013

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.” -Muhammad Ali

aaa5756 May 04, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 May 04, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 May 04, 2013

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington

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