A great video from Thunderf00t on YouTube applying some of Ben Stein’s own logic against him. There’s a lot of flak out there for the “Expelled” movie, for good reason. I really appreciate this particular clip because Thunderf00t brings up a point that’s absolutely central to understanding the conflict.
Science is NOT a democracy. Science does not play fair. Scientific inquiry does not equal free speech. Everyone gets an equal chance to suggest ideas, yes, but those ideas have to work. They have to a) make confirm-able predictions, b) provide a mechanism that explains a phenomena, c) be backed up by physical or experimental evidence and/or d) survive the rigorus criticism, testing and peer-review that ALL scientific theories go through.
As far as I can tell, the entire argument of “Expelled” is: “We don’t like your theory (evolution) so we want you to teach ours (creationism/ID). If you question it, criticize it, point out its flaws or ask for any evidence, then you are an intellectual bigot (Nazi/Commie) for not instantly accepting our idea.”
It’s exactly like the sore loser kid we all grew up with. If he’s not winning by the pre-established rules of the game, he’ll kick and scream and say it’s unfair.
It’s simple. You want to say that God created the universe in 6 literal days, and that’s your religion, fine. It’s silly, but we can’t touch that.
On the other hand, if you want your faith to be treated like science, then you have to play by the rules.
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything” -Nietzche