Mar 10th, 2009 by satchmodog | 3 Comments »
This Premise Media production begins with video of the Berlin wall being constructed to the cello and violin sounds of All Along the Watchtower. This song would have been perfect had it been used by the side of the evolutionist. All Along the Watchtower describes going against the establishment and that is really what Darwin and his followers went against for a century. Now, the ID frauds want to make the scientific community out to be the great evil that has stifled the truth. The truth has evolved because of Darwin and his ideas, not the other way around. The ID crowd also has to personally go after Darwin to destroy the man as well as the message like the nasty propagandists they really are.
This sophomoric excuse for a documentary begins with noted skeptic, Michael Shermer and his claim that scientists were not fired for their views on ID. Stein went about citing four examples of professors who were supposedly axed for just bringing up ID in their classrooms. The film only gave the side of the professor and never delved into any further detail like past history or warnings about university policy.One example of Steins big lie is immunopharmacologist, Caroline Crocker from George Mason University. Crocker claims she was fired for just bringing up ID in her classroom and that she was removed and blacklisted. The real truth is that she finished her contract and her non-tenured duties expired. She was not actual tenured faculty at George Mason, just someone looking for a position who didn’t get another offer to teach again. She obviously decided martyring herself with Stein was a good career move so she could make some money off the ID lecture circuit. The lovely part of these interviews with Crocker were images of Guillotines and people being beaten by soldiers. Again, over the top imagery that must work on the vapid. The other examples used in this segment were also dubious cases that could be found false by a simple Google search of the facts. There were also a few back-lit interviews with some alleged scientists who didn’t want to show their faces. A dubious tactic that was supposed to prove Shermer wrong.
Steins next shot in the dark is to visit Bruce Chapman at the Discovery Institute. Once again, dishonest Ben decides to shill for DI and never ask a tough question. Steins interview is more like asked and answered. Chapman claims ID is not a religious argument and those who claim that the movement is based in religion are just throwing sand in peoples eyes. Truth be told, that is exactly what Chapman is doing. The theory of Evolution has nothing to do with origins and the ID movement is trying to cloud the waters with religion and origins to hide the fact that they have zero science behind their claims. Stein Interviews Paul Nelson and asks whether or not ID is just rewarmed creationism. Nelsons claim is that ID uses nature and its dead ends or unexplained phenomena as a place where ID is applied. So the basic premise is anything that cannot be explained through today’s science is Goddidit. Sounds like Creationism to me folks. Spinning the word creation into causation is just a mask for Biblical origins. Dembski is then interviewed and his claims are just as regressive as Nelsons. Dembski claims that science used Darwin’s theory and just applied it everywhere and there are too many holes to fill just blindly applying the ToE. That is true, and it is true of all science. This is how new theories and fields arise all of the time. Dembski used Newton and eventually Einstein as an example of how physics grew and expanded and tries to tie ID into Darwinism the same way. ID and creationism are not steps foreword from the ToE, but steps back into the dark ages which preceded Darwin. Jonathan Wells, Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski are then all interviewed and parrot the same lines about how the evidence for Darwinism doesn’t fit the theory or its outcomes. Essentially, Darwins evolution is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Once again, leaving out the fact that Darwin’s theory has been built upon and expanded whenever new PROGRESS has been made.
Stein then goes into mocking science by bringing up the odds of putting all of the proteins we think we need to start life together as a game and a joke. Once again, a bit of science we don’t understand, but why try to find out why when you can just credit God? Next he deceives his audience with Panspermia and crystals which go into the realm of science fiction. He seems shocked that science will seek out any explanation except one that was guided. Why is that so wrong? We live in a natural world, why do there have to be super-natural explanations to only the hard questions? The fact that Darwin didn’t know the complexity of the cell does not diminish his work. That is like criticizing the inventor of the wheel for not being able to grasp the Lamborghini. Twisting Darwin and other science around in circles to feed an agenda does a great disservice to humanity. Darwin gave us the springboard to jump from the muck of one dimensional religious based science into the wide open universe of free thought. I guess that is what really scares these IDists. I am a Christian and if there is proof that God does not exist, then that is fine. It will not destroy me. Finding out for sure that God created the spark of life will also not destroy me. ID is a supposition, not science. If science eventually points to a maker, then it does. Just blindly going through life assuming God made us all does us all no favor at all. This is just the real lie of the ID crowd. ID moves the goalpost from Darwin’s theory. He never spoke of origins, just evolution and natural selection. This film does nothing but mock, twist and cherry pick in an effort to target an already gullible audience.
The funny part of this movie is the absolute 180 it has to do to turn the ID movements lie out of the forefront and attack science as being the evil force at work here. Claiming that evolution proponents need to disparage religion to stamp out the source is foolish. Dawkins is quoted as saying that science and religion are both trying to explain existence and religion just happens to be wrong. Dawkins is correct here since science provides us with answers and religion provides us with books written by man used to explain superstition. Sometimes science gives us more questions than answers and it is our duty to learn and not settle for goddidit. Steins eventual foray into the dirty waters that attempt to connect Darwin and Hitler is the last straw in this pathetic propaganda piece. There is no Darwin-Hitler connection and Ben’s trip to a Nazi death camp is the ultimate in disgusting twists of the truth. Stein should be ashamed of himself for making a film like this. I’m surprised he didn’t depict IDists as rats like the Nazis did to the Jews in pre WW2 propaganda. Spiraling natural selection into Nazi horrors and Eugenics is the ultimate fraud that this movie tries to foist on its witless audience. Science is not pushing out ideas, it is keeping regressive foolishness from putting our own mental evolution in reverse.