As said before, scientist and major blog hero PZ Myers, has had one very bad time with the dramamentuary (it’s a fusion of drama and documentary where drama is more prominent and actual documentary content is null).
Before reading what comes next, check Part II to get up to speed on the whole issue — and how PZ Myers has been boned by the producers for absolutely nothing. Part III is also recommended, but not required, as this is more about their recent exploits as opposed to the beginning.
(Continue to the next page at your own discretion because this may just be more of a buzzkill for the Expelled team than any of the other things that I’ve posted.)
While hitting up Google to see how much the word about Expelled is getting around as compared to his story (read: the correct answer is not at all), I found something that made my stomach turn and should make yours as well if you’re a decent human being. The term(s) I googled in their entirety would be simply “PZ Myers“
I’m not entirely sure if this is theirs just based on the use of the word “Creationism”, but I think the point it proves is rather obvious, if a bit “revealing” for them. I love how it makes no mention of intelligent design (aka neo-creationism). So not only are they (whoever they may be) taking advantage of a controversial situation for their advantage, but they’re also forgetting one of their fundamental principals: Intelligent design IS SCIENCE, NOT CREATIONISM! (it’s creationism in a cheap tux, not just creationism)
However, there’s a second one that is less revealing. It lets them keep their tux, but opens up the floodgates to PZ Myers related infamy.
Now call me crazy, but this seems to be the exact same thing as before, only it exchanges the PZ Myers’ name as merely a keyword and actually includes it. This seems to be fairly recent, as I hadn’t seen anything like this before. There’s also a big yellow ad at the top sometimes that is related to Expelled which I myself clicked about thirty times just to be able to laugh at causing them additional expenses rather than just the money spent on the movie, the money spent on paying people to come, and the money to turn people away who they were supposed to let in.
Speaking of which, they’ve been caught lying again. They’re not even straightfaced about it, and it seems that the same folks they’d lied to are the ones who have found them out, and I digress: this is the internet age. Aside from people being able to find out information on anything, you can also spread the story yourself, and then people like myself pick up on it and support you. We also know when there are low down dirty liars and know that there is no excuse for this nonsense.
They plan to make this nonsense viral so they can provide a convincing case for a dead argument: intelligent design was permanently struck down in flames in 2005, and is not coming back no matter what you do. It’s as alive as creation science. While this film will cater to closed mind religious types, thus making it a wank film, no one else will take it moderate seriously, which is why we’re left with this recent bit of news:
Remember the e-mail I received stating that tonight’s Expelled screening in Tempe was canceled? The e-mail simply stated:
The Tempe, AZ Screening has been canceled.
Well, Ken McKnight called the theater today two or so hours before the screening. Ken says:
I just called the Arizona Mills Harkins theater and said that I had heard that the private screening of Expelled had been moved from 7:00 to 6:00 (I didn’t mention that I had been emailed that the showing was canceled). The person I spoke to confirmed that the movie is showing today at 6:00. Clearly the promoters are somehow screening the attendees and then sending out cancellation notices to the “undesirables.”
There you go. Lying. Plain and simple and there is no way they can spin that.
Update: Brad was there and offers this report. The show indeed went on, despite being “canceled”.
Update 2: Ken has provided his account of the event.
Kudos to John M. Lynch for this fun moment. I’m sure he’s amused as the rest of the scientific community is. Yes, I stole the link from one PZ Myers, but I think the reasons behind this speak for themselves.
Now: let’s rack up the supposed details of this film:
- It was called crossroads at the time of the interviews.
- Intelligent design is science, not religion.
- Creationism is not intelligent design.
- Evolution is the cause of all societal evils of today.
- They “Expell” (sic) no one.
Let’s inject a bit of reality:
- Online records prove it was known to be Expelled, since the official site was registered months before interviews.
- If this were true, why are interviewed members of the scientific community being turned down openly?
- If this were true, why is the above most definitely true while at the same time getting church support and religious endorsements?
- Evolution was known as far back as 2000 years ago, it just wasn’t made into a full-fledged science until Darwin’s time, and he wasn’t even the first in his time to suggest it. In fact, I believe it was in ancient Greece that started breeding people selectively for things such as war. That’s pretty much the same as Hitler’s eugenics programs. Not only that, but it seems as if when humans started growing their food, they figured out how to selectively breed it in order to get better taste and et cetera. This is true for dogs, cats, and every other domesticated animal as well.
- They’ve expelled many. John Lynch, PZ Myers, and several others from various fields of true science for seemingly no reason. They change their story every five minutes regarding PZ Myers.
It’s a bloody shame. All of it. They think all the attention they’re getting is good since they’re pissing people off, but it’s not, because we’re getting a laugh and anyone but a hair brained moron would see right through this bullshit.
Ah well, that’s life.