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08

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed — Watch on Netflix!

It has amazed and intrigued me at how much bile the mainstream media, science bloggers, and well-known critics have unleashed at the Ben Stein documentery Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

Whenever something makes this many of these kinds of people mad, I’m drawn like a fly to poopie to see what all the… stink… is about.  Sadly, like many other theatrical releases, this one went unseen by my wife and myself when it came out.  (Four reasons for this:  One, the nearest theater that was showing it was about an hour’s drive away.  Two, three, and four are the fruit of my loins.)

I added the film to our Netflix queue, and waited eagerly for its release, which came earlier this month.

Three days ago, I noticed that magic little “PLAY” button next to it, which meant that we could watch it online.  And we did.

I’d highly recommend the film on several levels.  First, it’s just a darn entertaining picture.  The editing makes use of some shocking/hilarious stock footage, and Ben Stein’s deadpan delivery simultaneously enthralls and tickles the viewer.  Second, it gives voice to a group of scientists which, though their ideas may or may not be worth exploring, are rarely given the chance to make their case.  They face demonization at every step of the way.

So if you have Netflix, it won’t cost you anything to watch it online, save a couple of hours.  I think you’ll find them to be well-invested.

Here’s a link to the Netflix page. (click)

And here’s about a 7 minute trailer to whet your appetite:

This is a film about freedom.  I think we can all agree on how important that is.

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3 Responses to “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed — Watch on Netflix!”


  1. October 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I will have my wife put this on the list since she handles all things that are important other than me going to work. Ben has been all over the news lately with all of these financial issues happening.

  2. 2 Dan
    March 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I just noticed that you added me to your blogroll (thanks by the way). I was curious though, and browsed through your blog, and came on this post. And I don’t get it – why would a “science teacher” who liked Ben Stein’s movie, add me to their blogroll? (just curious)

    About the movie though, you realize that Ben Stein’s position (as told in TV interviews) is that “Science leads to killing people” (link). The obvious conclusion for a science teacher like yourself is that Ben Stein thinks you’re teaching students to be murderers (assuming you’re a good science teacher).

    Whatever your beliefs, how can you reconcile being a science teacher and opposing teaching science (i.e., being sympathetic to creationism in schools) at the same time?

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    I teach students to observe, question, think critically, and NOT to take anything at face-value. If I can get them thinking and talking about what they think and believe, than I’ve done my job well. I also (and I’m pretty sure this is what Ben Stein meant, not seeing the entire interview in context – the link to TBN was wonky) try and teach them that science exists to help us understand and improve the world around us, and cannot exist in a vacuum. Science for science’s sake is immoral.

    As to Ben’s movie, admittedly it was geared in a one-sided argument against those who (seemingly) seek to oppress dialogue questioning evolutionary doctrines, but WHO else (with that kind of media stature) is doing so? To quote from the film, “beware the sound of one hand clapping.” I think that it is the height of arrogance for Richard Dawkins, et. al., to say “the debate is over,” and to attempt to demonize anyone who would give credence to ideas and questions to the contrary.

    As to adding you to my blogroll, it would me masturbatory of me to stick with reading and interacting only with other right-wing, conservative, evangelical fruitcakes, wouldn’t it? Either that, or I’d be a TBN employee… :mrgreen:

  3. 3 Dan
    March 7, 2009 at 9:55 am

    What’s your response doing edited into my comment? (It saves space. I like doing it this way. — JCK)

    As to Ben’s movie, admittedly it was geared in a one-sided argument against those who (seemingly) seek to oppress dialogue questioning evolutionary doctrines, but WHO else (with that kind of media stature) is doing so? To quote from the film, “beware the sound of one hand clapping.” I think that it is the height of arrogance for Richard Dawkins, et. al., to say “the debate is over,” and to attempt to demonize anyone who would give credence to ideas and questions to the contrary.

    Okay, fair enough. But why stop at biology? If your a chemistry teacher (I don’t know what subject in science you teach), do you teach alchemical alternatives to the Periodic Table as well?

    There are plenty of legitimate opposing schools of thought in biology (for one example, see sociobiology – there are a lot of biologists who both think it’s bunk, but a lot who don’t) that you could cover in a HS biology class, WITHOUT stooping to creationism.

    So, suffice it to say, I won’t be returning the favor by adding you to my blogroll.

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    Umm… suit yourself?

    Seriously, is there really a need to tout alchemy anymore? Is there ANYONE out there saying that quantum theory, for example, is based on atheistic half-truths, or is being defended like religious dogma by prominent chemists?

    Frankly I come close to taking offense at the assumption that I advocate OR practice teaching “creationism” in a biology classroom. I don’t see why folks of like mind with yourself have to stoop to equating I.D. with creationism. I hope it’s not just laziness on your part — I would HOPE that anyone making that claim would have taken the time to make a thorough examination of information theory, irreducible complexity, AND Judeo-Christian creation accounts before doing so. They are NOT the same, no matter how “four legs good, too legs baaaaad” you people want to say they are.

    Oh SNAP, I’m late to my Alchemist’s Society of West Texas monthly meeting. See you around.


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