Well, we did it! They told us not to . . . they warned us, but we went and saw the movie. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. (They let us in–that’s probably not a compliment.) 😉 I’ve never been a believer in evolution. This was not my parents’ fault. They believed in evolution “directed by God”. Even as a little kid, I could see they hadn’t thought that one through. It was either evolution or God. Both evolution and Christianity cannot be true, whatever pap the establishment tries to appease us “religious” people with. The whole point of evolutionary theory is to get rid of God. That’s my take, and honest evolutionists who have thought it through agree with me.
Expelled is a documentary primarily concerned with the premise that scientists, teachers and journalists who disagree with the prevailing wisdom of Darwinism (or who even acknowledge the existence of another point of view) are systematically ostracized from the intellectual community. They are denied grants, tenure, lose their jobs, cannot be published, etc., with no consideration for their level of expertise or even their track record and the acclaim and respect formerly accorded them by the same hierarchy that now sees fit to try to destroy their influence. It’s a movie about censorship and control by an academic and journalistic elite with its own agenda to push, regardless of what the scientific facts may or may not be.
This is not to say that no time is given to promoting the possibility of intelligent design (ID for short). There’s a short explanation of the probability problems encountered when one tries to randomly string together sufficient proteins to produce a single amino acid of the simplest flavor (let alone the miles of DNA required to make a habitation for life). It’s well-done, but not explained in any depth. This is a movie, after all, not a book. There’s an animation of DNA which, though simplified, would provide sufficient evidence to convince most people that DNA didn’t come together by chance any more than the much simpler computer sitting on my desk just happened to happen by accident. (You can see similar simulations on You-Tube if you do a search. I particularly like the ones showing the DNA to RNA process.) There’s a simulation of life within a cell which had me silently worshipping God. I already knew about cells, and have studied how their many complex organelles work together, but seeing them, even in simulation, is truly amazing. The smaller things get, the further inside, the more complex and amazing. God is so, so brilliant.
We go on to talk to a number of scientists who claim they have been persecuted, not all of them for full blown belief in <gasp> intelligent design, but some for as little as a passing reference to the existence of the viewpoint. The man (who nowadays is a guy who probably used to be a hippie and now is in a designer suit) denies any such thing. Who to believe? Well, just look at the press. What do you read about? A bunch of put-upon evolutionists bravely standing against the winds of affliction? No. Evolution is unquestioningly accepted by nearly all. To even mention any divergent viewpoint is to become the recipient of ridicule and scorn. No, I think I believe the underdogs on this one (Especially when I see the arrogance and condescension of the other side).
We go on to visit Darwinism’s benign and beneficent influence on society. It’s surely not what Darwin envisioned, but his work has inspired such luminaries as Margaret Sanger (who founded Planned Parenthood for the purpose of “helping” people she referred to as human weeds (blacks and southern Europeans to name a few) not to propagate their bloodlines). Carl Marx, Nietzche, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao Zedong, and other less well-known lights of history drank deeply of the fount of knowledge built for the benefit of humanity by the grand old man, Charles Darwin. We can only be grateful that evolution was unknown to the ancient Persians, Greeks, Romans, etc., or there might not be any people left by now.
Things like evolution, global warming, weird quantum physics (worlds popping in and out of quantum vacuum world generating machines which themselves popped in out of nowhere, etc.), spontaneous generation (absolutely necessary for the beginning of life in the evolutionist’s playbook) are accepted or at least considered possible by modern “science” regardless of the lack of evidence for all of these things. What is their big issue with the possibility of an intelligent designer?
I think I know the answer to this, or at least one answer, but I’ll let you fill it in if you’re so inclined. What do you think? Why is the scientific establishment, the Man, so afraid of anyone with a different idea?