If you missed it when it came out in 2008, I encourage you to see Expelled: The Movie. Because we’re very far from being done with “scientific” inquisitions.
Here’s my review, which I wrote at the time:
This film has a lot to say about how iffy science gets turned into “settled science” that you question at your peril. And leftists want the government to run the inquisition. Don’t forget–the 2016 Democrat platform, the platform Hillary Clinton ran on, called for the U.S. attorney general to “investigate” Climate Change denial… as a crime. Her administration would be doing that right now, if she hadn’t lost the election.
They didn’t need the government to launch and sustain the inquisition over Darwinism denial–most of whose victims are themselves credentialed scientists. Now and then they got the courts involved: nothing like an ACLU lawsuit to scare a local school board out of allowing its science teachers to discuss Intelligent Design.
Science is a very valuable tool, when statists and self-anointed know-it-alls aren’t debauching it.
P.S.–Ben Stein’s interview of atheist motormouth Richard Dawkins is worth the price of admission. I’m sure you can find this movie somewhere on the Internet, either on YouTube or amazon.com.
It’s staggering to think of the amount of time, money, and brainpower that goes into totally useless twaddle like this.
“So, see, we’re gonna design evolving life, so we can say that life evolves without design! That way there’s no God, and we can all have sex with… well, whatever!”
Is there some way we can only fund scientific studies that aren’t crap?
Here’s another goody from the archive at Chalcedon’s shiny new website: my review of Expelled: The Movie, from 2008 when it first came out. A lot of you have mentioned it in passing, and have probably seen it. If you haven’t, track it down and enjoy it.
There’s a lot of stuff on http://www.chalcedon.edu/ that I didn’t write, and please don’t think I’m using this as an opportunity to show off. It’s going to take me time to learn my way around the site, and for re-posting here, I find it easiest to go to articles that I remember writing. In time I’ll branch out from there.
Meanwhile, I’m just doing what I can to help the new site find an audience, at least among my own blog audience. When you visit Chalcedon, I hope you’ll become acquainted with our other writers–and speakers, too: lots of video and audio available. Please feel free to dig in!
[Thanks to Linda for this news tip.]
We’re so busy studying computer models and simulations that we create ourselves, these days, that it seems a lot of scientists can’t be bothered to study nature anymore. By “nature” I mean “reality,” as God created it.
Science wallahs in Amsterdam are excitedly working to create robots that can “meet,” then “mate” (if they’re compatible), then “reproduce,” and hopefully “evolve” into new kinds of robots ( https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2016/06/02/robot-baby-project-mimics-sexual-reproduction-let-robots-evolve/ ). Doubtless these are very clever individuals.
But the thing is, from beginning to end, it’s all simulation. Not real. Although I can’t help but relish the irony of a bunch of smart people who vehemently reject the whole notion of Intelligent Design, by God, pursuing what can only be called their own vision of Intelligent Design. They are not clever enough to see a contradiction here.
If they can make some simulation of “evolution” work under carefully controlled conditions–conditions designed and controlled by themselves–are they going to tell us, “See? See! This is what has happened all throughout earth history, only with nobody–nobody, mind you!–designing and controlling it! Only random chance!” Is that really what they’re going to tell us?