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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Can Ben Stein's Expelled be sued by angry Darwinists?

That's the warning I received from an anonymous "wellwisher" (?) here at the Post-Darwinist:

I do hopw that the makers of "Expelled" are aware of the lawsuits launched against the makers of "What the Bleep...", given that they obtained their interviews with several biologists unders false pretenses.

I asked a contact at the studio, and he tapped back,
No worries. Reality is, in the U.S. you can sue a baloney sandwich if you want.

Well, I guess that Bleeps all.

Note: An incident similar to this one may be what the anonymous correspondent has in mind.

Also: Here's my review of What the Bleep ...?

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Former famous atheist Antony Flew asked for intelligent design to be taught in British schools.

As the ID controversy grows worldwide, I simply don't and can't keep up with everything. One thing I hadn't realized - which a friend mentioned recently - is that one of the 12 prominent academics who asked at the end of last year for intelligednt design to be explored in science classes was Antony Flew:
It has emerged that 12 prominent academics wrote to Tony Blair and Alan Johnson, the education secretary, last month arguing that ID should be taught as part of science on the national curriculum.

They included Antony Flew, formerly professor of philosophy at Reading University; Terry Hamblin, professor of immunohaemotology at Southampton University; and John Walton, professor of chemistry at St Andrews University.

Flew was best known for being converted from atheism to deism (there is at least some kind of God) by intelligent design - after about fifty years of being one of the world's most respected academic atheists. He commented on DNA that
... the investigation of DNA “has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce (life), that intelligence must have been involved.

Of course, the British government nixed the idea, but I bet it doesn't die. And people wonder why there is an intelligent design controversy. By the way, to keep up with ID in Britain, go here.

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Podcast: Why I think the blogosphere beats legacy media cold, plus heartfelt regards to Larry Moran and PZ Myers

Here's a podcast on how I stopped writing on dead trees and learned to love the blogosphere. Toward the end I say nice things about Larry Moran and almost-nice things about PZ Myers. They are so good for business, I should nominate them for the Golden Pajamas.

The annoying thing is that the podcast ran just when I hadn't had time to blog much here. I will try to make up for that tomorrow. So many stories, so little time, yada yada ...

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