Ben Stein has a big fan at the National Review, and he wrote this article: Intelligent Critique. The author of this mindless, fawning, creationist-oriented piece of fluff is Dave Berg, described as “a senior segment producer at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Very impressive credentials for reviewing the scientific value of Stein’s movie. Excerpts:
The film’s endeavor is to respond to one simple question: “Were we designed, or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning?”
Big science doesn’t like that question because they can’t answer it. Underneath their antagonism toward explanations that suggest an intelligent cause, lies a fundamental egoism. Science wants to deny any evidence of a supreme being precisely because it wants to be a supreme being. Moreover, representatives of big science in the film are unsettlingly snippy, suggesting that they feel threatened by rival opinions, rather than assured of their own.
Gentle reader, I weap for the National Review. It was once an intellectually stimulating publication. The article concludes:
In the end, the film isn’t really about intelligent design as much as about a relentless attack on an authentically free inquiry. As Ben Stein points out, “Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it’s anti-science. It’s anti-the whole concept of learning.”
What can one say? If this is what passes for conservative thought these days, then we’re all doomed.