Sunday, April 20, 2008

My Favorite Quote On Expelled To Date

It is not hard to find unfavorable reviews of the hack-job, hick-flick Expelled. Among the many, here is one paragraph which captures the essential lie behind the movie.
The premise of Expelled is that proponents of 'intelligent design' have been shunned, denied tenure, and even fired because of a conspiracy to quash the scientific evidence supporting their theory," said Dr. Keith Lockitch, resident fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. "But the truth is: there is no evidence supporting their theory. Intelligent design is completely devoid of any positive scientific content, and consists of nothing more than a religiously motivated attack on evolution. To the extent intelligent design advocates are facing obstacles in academia it is because they are not doing real science: they haven't been 'expelled' they have flunked out of the scientific community, just as a faith healer would flunk out of medical school. (Emphasis added.)

You can read the whole article, "Expelled Gets An F", at--of all places--the Ayn Rand Institute.

3 comments:

Jeff Burton said...

"of all places"

You don't know much about Ayn Rand or Objectivism, do you?

Sirfab said...

What I know is that, in the name of individual freedom, Ayn Rand's ideas have been used to justify complete economic laissez-faire, which I strenuously oppose, with cause. I admit I know little about objectivism. I am not a pantologist.

Jeff Burton said...

What does laissez-faire have to do with Intelligent Design? Randians are generally atheists, so there is no surprise they would trash Expelled. You can make common cause with them on this issue.

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