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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

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Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom ... What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel! That rebel, Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth … that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired – for the crime of merely believing that there might be evidence of design in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance. To which Ben Says: Enough! And then gets busy. NOBODY messes with Ben.

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  • Actors: Ben Stein, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Sternberg, Mark Souder
  • Directors: Nathan Frankowski
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Premise
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BYLFFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" on IMDb

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Evolution of any kind cannot create.

Once the cutting-edge research scientists convinced me that random mutations and natural selection cannot create or write any useful genetic information, it caused a fundamental foundational shift in my way of thinking -- a paradigm shift. I can no longer in good conscience be an Evolutionary Creationist, because now I know for a fact that evolution of any kind cannot create. Instead of writing new and useful genetic information, evolution by random mutation causes cancer. Instead of writing and composing new and useful genetic information, natural selection slowly removes diversity and usable information from a species leading that species to its eventual extinction.

Charles Darwin's book should have been called "On the Extinction of Species: By Means of Natural Selection" instead of "On the Origin of Species", because evolution of any kind does not originate anything new or useful but instead causes a species' death and extinction. That's what the cutting-edge research science is telling us.

Evolution of any kind cannot originate new unique life forms, because evolution cannot program or write new and useful genetic code. When speciation or variation does take place, it is always based upon the existing genetic code that was already there within the organism from the very beginning.

If evolution of any kind cannot create or orginate new life forms, then where did all the life on this planet come from?

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>>> Dr. Z wrote: "Richard Dawkins said that if there was evidence of intelligent design, this might be the result of an alien civilization who had themselves developed through Darwinian evolution.
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Now that the DVD is out, how does it differ from the film version? Even though Vivendi/ Premise won the lawsuit that Yoko Ono filed against the film for using ten seconds of John Lennon's "Imagine", the reference has been cut out of the video. I greatly respected Yoko as a performance artist and had the original records of Two Virgins and Plastic Ono Band. How very sad if a great modern artist's only interest now is gathering greenbacks. More on this in Steve Turner's excellent and revealing The Gospel According to the Beatles, which is full of absolutely unknown Beatlemania.

If anyone actually watched Expelled, they'd see that it's not "thinly disguised creationism" but rather about the freedom to challenge entrenched views. Certain sectors are always taking the church to task for supposedly limiting Galileo's freedom of inquiry and speech (in a vastly distorted account of what actually happened). Hello! Exactly the same thing is happening now, although they seem rather more silent when the shoe is on the other foot. Ben Stein is merely trying to restore the freedoms of speech and inquiry guaranteed in the US constitution to the realm of academia and the hugely controlled "Big Science" of public science foundations and those funded by philanthropic grants, including the Smithsonian Institute, National academy of Science, and the National Science Foundation.

After seeing Expelled in a theater, I wrote a long review of it elsewhere on the web. Now I see it's sparked a rather lively debate among reviewers. Actually, among those who, by their own admission, haven't seen it. One reviewer asks why people are voting against his review (which is against the film).
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I wholeheartedly recommend this movie. I saw it because several people I know who always claim to be open minded and thoughtful totally bashed it.

I had to see it then... Seeing all these reviews which appear to be nothing but second grader rants totally supports my theory that whenever anyone does anything of consequence the "authorities" start acting like children having a tantrum or run away and cover their eyes, ears and mouth.

Just for doing the movie in this hostile environment it gets five stars from me.

If for no other reason you should watch this movie for the interview with the author of "The Blind Watchmaker."

Mr. Stein simply asks questions and the answers are precious, sad, but precious.

I loved the interview because it exemplifies the argument Stein is making through the whole movie. Stein does not hit you over the head with it either--he lets you see it for yourself.

The movie presents the fundamental argument: That Scientists should be open to follow the evidence where ever it leads however uncomfortable. He also presents a powerful information concerning what can happen to individual human rights when those in power pick up on a novel idea and run with it...

Stein shows, throughout the movie, science is impotent when scientists try to force a belief system paradigm into their thinking. The paradigm or "wall" of interest is that there is no place for religion in science therefore there can be no creator and no means to understand the origins of life other than through random happenstance (but apparently its OK to consider "little green men.")

Clarified by this movie and the rantings (I mean reviews), people don't like to question what their teachers and TV told them ad nausea all their lives.
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