THE PRODUCERS of Expelled, Ben Stein’s anti-evolution “documentary,” together with their friends in the creationist community, have been putting out a great number of gushing reviews about this film. For those who would like some solid, reliable scientific and rational discussion of the film, we offer you the following:
Expelled Exposed, a superb source of information maintained by National Center for Science Education. Here you will learn more about this film than you can from any other source. Excerpt:
Expelled makes some outrageous claims. But what really happened to the people they claim were persecuted for their views? And what is the real story about evolution and Intelligent Design?
Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Integrity Displayed, from Scientific American. An excellent review. Excerpt:
Unfortunately, Expelled is a movie not quite harmless enough to be ignored. Shrugging off most of the film’s attacks—all recycled from previous pro-ID works — would be easy, but its heavy-handed linkage of modern biology to the Holocaust demands a response for the sake of simple human decency.
A Blood Libel on Our Civilization, By John Derbyshire from National Review. We’ve reported on this before, but it’s certainly worth a second mention. Excerpt:
And now here is Ben Stein, sneering and scoffing at Darwin, a man who spent decades observing and pondering the natural world — that world Stein glimpses through the window of his automobile now and then, when he’s not chattering into his cell phone. Stein claims to be doing it in the name of an alternative theory of the origin of species: Yet no such alternative theory has ever been presented, nor is one presented in the movie, nor even hinted at. There is only a gaggle of fools and fraudsters, gaping and pointing like Apaches on seeing their first locomotive: “Look! It moves! There must be a ghost inside making it move!”