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Why Ben Stein is wrong about science and history

June 17, 2009

On August 23rd I will be returning to talk to the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (to whom I have talked three times before). My topic will be “Why Ben Stein is wrong about science and history.” In 2006 I talked about the history of the intelligent design movement (IDM) and how it was dealt a decisive blow with Judge John Jones III’s decision in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover. Since that decision, the IDM appears to have adopted two arguments. The first is to argue that the academic freedom of members of the IDM is being infringed by the academic mainstream. Secondly, they argue that ‘Darwinism’ has pernicious social effects and lead to the Holocaust. Both of these arguments were presented in Ben Stein’s 2008 movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which portrayed ‘Darwinism’ as an evil empire bent on destroying freedom of thought. My talk will debunk these arguments. Further details here.

Update: A link from PZ resulted in this post being #22 in WordPress’ “Blogs of the Day” for June 21st.

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  1. Doc Bill
    June 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Don’t forget that there are several video interviews of Ben Stein saying how “Darwinism” doesn’t explain thermodynamics or gravity.

    The man is obviously a moron.

  2. Ken McKnight
    June 18, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Or my personal favorite, from his interview on the Trinity Broadcasting Network: “Science leads you to killing people.”

  3. James F
    June 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Best wishes on the talk! The Discovery Institute blog reply will be highly entertaining.

  4. June 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    @ James F

    I can’t imagine they’ll even pay attention (and certainly wont be in the audience!)

  5. June 19, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    @#2 good word good word

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