I didn’t see Expelled as yet. Even though that gives me no permission to review the internal aspects of the film, aside from what has been released to me from others who have seen it, I can point out some things about the film itself, as well as creationism, that are a bit off to me.
Assuming it all did happen by Random Mutation and Natural Selection, where did the laws of gravity come from. Where did the laws of thermodynamics come from? Where did the laws of motion and, of heat come from?
Question from Science amateur Ben Stein after Expelled’s production was complete.
He sort of set science up for a victory here if their argument gained strength and hit the courts… again. Reason being that evolution explains absolutely none of that. It’s not supposed to. That’s like asking the general relativity to explain evolution. It’s just not going to happen.
In fact, that’s how nothing in science works. Ever.
By saying this, Ben Stein shines in pure ignorance and proclaims he has no scientific understanding and most certainly has not taken the time to study science in-depth enough to make any valid decisions on anything. Not only is evolution included in that, but the holocaust as well. The event which killed more people of Jewish descent than any other. More shocking is that Ben himself is Jewish, and he didn’t study the event to know that it was provably based upon the concept of divine right.
If people aren’t willing to learn from the past to see how mass genocides are likely to happen (as per example: brainwashing of Islamic youth in middle eastern countries against Israel), then they will only repeat. If one has divine right (whether it’s to land or otherwise), they will usually act upon that divine right when they get the chance. You can see it working today in many ways. For example;
- Judaism, though not following divine right per se, took back the land that it supposedly owns due to what is written in the holy book of theirs and the Old Testament of Christianity. Once they’ve taken that land in an area of such internal turmoil anyway, they’re asking for trouble. So when the Arabic people come, what you’ll see is a genocide in the name of self-defense.
- Islam does follow the prospect of divine right. They’ve got the right to the lands of Israel and do want it back. Even though I agree that in most cases terrorists are not “true” followers of the (mostly) peaceful religion of Islam, the prospect of divine right ensures that many will attack Israel. Including some government leaders, no less. You’ll see genocide in the name of counter-attacks and the aforementioned self-defense.
What I’m getting at is that divine right, when related to any supreme being or thoughts of superiority for whatever reason, would cause genocides on many levels between many races or even classes of people. One need only to read Hitler’s writing to figure out he acted upon divine right.
I’m learning to keep track of followers of various religions and other belief sets just because of the concept of divine right, which can now be applied to many different areas of people. It now includes such groups as the KKK. By learning this, we can all know what to avoid to cause problems in the future, including mass genocides such as the holocaust.
The alarming part is Ben Stein doesn’t want to learn this, and uses evolutionary theory for his own perverted agenda. He’s not only selling out his race, but selling out his religion, and himself, by letting this happen.
That’s the fundamental problem with these people: they distort history itself to further their own goals for nothing more than self-gratification. Anyone involved in this project, other than the tricked scientists, should feel ashamed and anyone outside of the project within the same community be appalled.
“But oh, this doesn’t relate to me, I shouldn’t be concerned.”
Everyone should. This pseudo-documentary is going to appeal strongly to the religious population of America, even if provably false in every aspect. If this were to be taken to the courts and achieved victory, who knows where it could go from here. Want to see evolution in science textbooks replaced with Christian creationism? It’s a long shot, but not so unrealistic, given the covert methods the religious community has used to get creationism in schools again. If they have some “proof” that an activist judge could act upon that makes “Darwinism” (note: no such term exists) a racist prospect or anti-society, who knows what could happen!
Clearly, the issue is a lot bigger than they make it seem. They make it into some sort of vast conspiracy that scientific prospects caused the murder of millions of innocent people. The same tactic they apply to the supposed atheism of Mao, Stalin, and their star of the show: Hitler. If it’s assumed that those three are evil because they’re supposedly atheists, this proves atheists are all evil and should be destroyed! Now you’re walking into the same frame of mind that Hitler possessed.
That’s why this issue is gigantic.
Much more than scientific progress, the holocaust itself even. The issue — the core — is possibly the biggest the human race will ever face. Certainly, making the most successful propaganda film of all time isn’t helping the situation any. These people have utterly and completely removed all doubt in my mind that there is no length to which the creationist lobby won’t go to in order to achieve complete victory over “evolutionists” (note: this term also does not exist).
I’m not against the personal beliefs of others. I have many people who are creationists who are also my heroes: Ken Miller being the most noteworthy example. A creationist — Roman Catholic — who is anti-ID and pro-evolution (he’s also co-written a biology book that local high schools use). People like this study and promote evolution while downing ID because they’re pursuing truth as opposed to passing off personal beliefs as anything more than just that.
I’m also not going to blame events of the middle-ages on creationism, specifically Islam and Christianity, because even though my mind wants to make the link between both of them and violence, I know that the vast majority these days aren’t like that, and shouldn’t be persecuted. But as you can see, extremism in both circles still run rampant. There are some scientists who support and study some things who make some bizarre assertions that would make them seem utterly insane, but that doesn’t make their research completely insane. There are some that are so incredibly evil that it would be against everything I stand for to support, but I can still support their work because that, as a whole, is not the problem.
Even if it were evolution which inspired Hitler, that would be irrelevant because he was acting on personal beliefs related to evolution. That doesn’t make evolution bad. In fact, evolution acts as a neutral force. Evolution happens, essentially, because nature is racist. Nature itself picks out the ones who can’t survive and kills them off. Not like a sentient being, but due to conditions that the creatures can’t control. This, again, does not make evolution bad. Evolution just happens. How some crazies act upon evolution does not change that exists or the purpose of it.
The same goes for creationism, only it’s a belief and doesn’t just happen. There’s no solid evidence exists, and most of the arguments for it are not just lame but downright silly in my opinion.
Which brings me to our next part:
Creationists like to argue that the conditions around us are fine tuned (this I’ll agree with) for us by our creator (this I don’t). Instead, I feel that we are fine tuned to the conditions around us. By nature. We evolved to the conditions around us in such a way that it makes people believe we had to be created, even now, in the day of scientific inquiry and scientific knowledge far beyond anything that was ever realistically expected before the 1900s. Even in the 1900s, as late as the 60s, in some cases but to a lesser extent.
It’s more logical to assume that we’re adapted to the conditions around us as opposed to the conditions around us are adapted to us. That’s what science says, and that’s why many creationists have a problem with it. They tend to call all atheists naturalists (speaking from personal experience of trying to get some sleep on Saturday night whilst a dog slept sound right next to me) is wrong. A lot of us hate nature. A lot. Especially when nature deprives us of sleep because THE DAMN DOG IS TOO PERSISTENT IN SLEEPING ON THE COUCH WITH ME.. err.. sorry there!
But hey, anyone could be wrong about anything. Science never hopes to find out absolute truth, because it accepts no such thing exists. But as science discovers more and changes it gets closer and closer to that absolute truth. Even then, we know the universe has very little constants, so even that absolute truth can and will probably change.
The silence is deafening. We need the politicians to speak. We need everyone to speak. If the future is so important, we care about the children, we need to all step up to the plate and speak out about things like Expelled, as no good can come of it. I’m doing just that because it’s something I feel strongly about. I hope I’ve persuaded some of you to do the same.