Tuesday, April 22

Rant

All Expelled, All The Time

Okay, probably not. wink

I haven't seen the film, and probably won't bother, and as soon as I get a chance to take a look at the new anime season I'll have something more interesting to talk about.

But the deceit and wilful ignorance displayed by the film, and the near-total lack of understanding of science displayed in the thread at LGF, have irked me.

So here's a review of the movie that takes director Nathan Frankowski and presenter and co-writer Ben Stein solidly to task, not just for being comprehensively dishonest, but also for producing a crappy film.

Be sure to stay for the surprise ending.  No, not the film, the review.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:12 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 just saw Expelled... Ben Stein's goal in making Expelled (i gather) is to promote free thought, especially more thinking about motivations that drive American academia and a lot of other behind-the-scenes worldview that we tend to take for granted.

Posted by: patrick at Wednesday, April 23 2008 08:15 AM (JY+S5)

2 If that's his goal, why does he need to lie about it?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, April 23 2008 08:42 AM (PiXy!)

3 erm...that is not stein's goal.
he is IQ baiting.
By now a lot of you will have seen Expelled.
You may think that Expelled is as advertised:
the film presents a powerful argument not for intelligent design as much as for the freedom of scientific inquiry.
Or you may agree with this:
One of the sleaziest documentaries to arrive in a very long time, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry.
But both of you would be wrong.

What Expelled really is, is IQ-baiting.
You think that Stein is giving Acadame and Science a smackdown, which you likely percieve as well deserved.
But in reality, he is playing you.
He is selling tickets on your reactions.
Expelled isn't going to make Academe and Science open their minds to IDT.
It just validates your outrage that real scientists wont discuss IDT.
And also, your outrage that you can't make them.

The abortion-artist hoax was also IQ-baiting. She played you. She harvested your instantaneous outraged reactions for her performance art.

Look at captain ed here.
If scientists get punished for challenging orthodoxy, we will not expand our learning but ossify it in concrete.

But as all real scientists actually know, science is all about challenging orthodoxy.
Flat-earth was the orthodoxy, geo-centrism the heresy.
then geo-centrism was the orthodoxy, and helio-centrism became the heresy.
Unfortunately for Ed's argument, IDT is the orthodoxy, and TOE is the heresy.

The problem with falling for IQ-baiting scams....is that it makes you look stupid.
It reinforces a cultural stereotype.

I think you should try to be smarter.
wink

Posted by: matoko_chan at Wednesday, April 23 2008 10:39 AM (bqE4v)

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