The other night I saw Ben Stein’s film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The film is a documentary about the battle between Darwinist evolution and intelligent design. It is less about proving or disproving evolution or intelligent design and more about the active and aggressive suppression of ideas taking place in the ranks of science and education.
As a journalist I have noticed this trend as it has occurred in the media. Scientific theories used to be just that, but today if a theory is repeated enough it becomes unchallengeable fact. And that is how Darwinist feel about evolution and having those feelings they find no fault in oppressing those studying other possibilities. Scientists have been repeating Darwinism constantly and shushing anything else and the media has been allowing it.
Stein’s film is refreshing in that it allows and values the freedom of independent thought and of the expression of ideas. The fact is that the origin of life is still a very live discussion in which there is no one who has any solid idea. In fact, when the Darwinists are pressed to clearly state an idea they often turned to aliens.
Where the film triumphs is in its look at the social effects of the debate and the theories being so adamantly stood for and against. One place this takes the film is in a discussion of the role of Darwinism, evolution and natural selection in the Holocaust and euthanasia. The film is interesting and worth seeing if only to get a look at a legitimate theory that the people in power are not letting you see.