Well whatever the merits of Mr. Stein's case, freedom of thought and speech is the main point of the movie, thus the title.
Looking at the way his argument swerved on a ridiculous dime, I have to say: this wasn't an essay as much as it was a Simpsons episode without good characters or jokes.
And I'd call a conservative republican judge appointed by George W Bush pretty far right myself. Judge E Jones of the Dover/Kitzmiller trial was such a judge. And after listening to the evidence he was highly unflattering about the Cdesign Proponentsists that were trying to pretend ID was something other than a thinly disguised form of creationism.
Should chemists in academia start entertaining ideas of turning lead into gold?
The movie's connection from Darwin all the way through to Nazi racial theory and practice is a clearly traceable and historically accurate argument
The assumption of "Expelled" is that no one could possibly explain how Prof. Monty Python's molecules and their joy-riding crystals could possibly produce life. As luck would have it, at about the same time as the film was being made, teams of scientists at the universities of Oregon and North Carolina explained it. They "determined for the first time the atomic structure of an ancient protein, revealing in unprecedented detail how genes evolved their functions."
"This is the ultimate level of detail," said the evolutionary biologist Joe Thornton. "We were able to see exactly how evolution tinkered with the ancient structure to produce a new function that is crucial to our own bodies today. Nobody's ever done that before." Unfortunately, this momentous discovery was announced almost too late to be mentioned in Ben Stein's film. It wasn't totally too late, but it would have been a great inconvenience for the editor.
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