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11th-Apr-2008 02:16 pm - More on Expelled
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And some other interesting points of view have been posted today:

An interview with Ben Stein in which he says:

"It surprised me that so many scientists were being expelled, punished, having their grants taken away, humiliated, belittled, mocked, because they believed that there was an Intelligent Designer, or even the possibility of an Intelligent Designer. But what surprised me even more, as we traveled and made our journey all around the world, was that there were so many highly credentialed scientists who did believe in the possibility of Intelligent Design, and who did severely question Darwinism."

Chris Heard, Associate Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University writes about why well known and respected scientists such as Ken Miller who are also Christians are not included in the film.  He actually took the time to transcribe the audio of a conversation between the editors at Scientific American and Mark Mathis, an associate producer of Expelled.  
9th-Apr-2008 01:53 pm - Truth Tickets
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Has everyone been following the uproar on the internets over the soon-to-be-released quasi-documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed? If you haven't, in brief this is a movie hosted by conservative actor Ben Stein that accuses "big science" of persecuting teachers who wish to teach alternate theories of evolution (ie intelligent design).  It's a full on battle out there, but someone has hit on a great idea:

The Atheist Ethicist has come up with the notion of buying Truth Tickets to offset the possible revenues of this movie.  Simply put, make a donation to the National Center for Science Education instead of spending money to see the ID propaganda film.  I'm going to buy enough Truth Tickets to cover the few ID believers I know, I hope you will consider doing the same.

If you are interested in the conversations about the movie , here are a couple of links to get you started:

The NCSE is hosting an Expelled Exposed site

Greg Laden's roundup of stories of the expulsion of biologist PZ Myers from a screening of the film.
7th-Mar-2008 09:09 am - Hobbit / Cretin controversy
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For those who are interested, John Hawks has put together a very interesting FAQ addressing the current debate raging over a paper in which some researchers have claimed that the "hobbits" (homo floresiensis) were actually suffering from congenital hypothyroidism or cretinism.
Dr James Watson

The Science Museum has cancelled a talk by American DNA pioneer Dr James Watson after he claimed black people were less intelligent than white people.

Other gems include:

"The scientist has courted controversy in the past, saying that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual."

I've read a few articles on this guy and it seems that his racial argument stems from the fact that he is diametrically opposed to Jared Diamond's "Guns Germs and Steel" (which indicates that social evolution is a product of environment).  While Watson does not mention Diamond or his book directly, he has stated on numerous occasions that it is impossible to prove that the capacity for intelligence can overcome geographic disparity.

Then his argument shifts and he stops referencing location (Africa) and contributes it entirely to race.  And gender.  And then sexual orientation.  What bothers me most of all is that he has a HISTORY of making these remarks about women.  But his ludicrous views do not get press until they cross racial lines as well.

Link to BBC article.
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