Friday, April 18, 2008


Gray Lady Smackdown

The New York Times, which hosts a business column by Ben Stein as comic relief, has quite a review of Expelled. While Jeannette Catsoulis' review will, no doubt, be labeled as "elitist" by the ID crowd (she actually uses Latin by way of accusing the writers of relying on the post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy ... though she goes on to translate), her criticisms are "down home" enough:

Every few minutes familiar — and ideologically unrelated — images interrupt the talking heads: a fist-shaking Nikita S. Khrushchev; Charlton Heston being subdued by a water hose in “Planet of the Apes.” This is not argument, it’s circus, a distraction from the film’s contempt for precision and intellectual rigor.

The bottom line is more than concrete too:

Mixing physical apples and metaphysical oranges at every turn “Expelled” is an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike. In its fudging, eliding and refusal to define terms, the movie proves that the only expulsion here is of reason itself.

As has been obvious for sometime, the movie is more than willing to show truth the door as well.

Yes, because when referring to logical fallacies, using Latin - the language in which I think everyone in the western world learns logic and scientific method - is so very elitist.

Perhaps ID proponents can file an amicus curiae brief about how much it offends them, when they start putting the elites on trial?
But if the charge is being more elite than the accusers, the defendants would pretty much have to plead nolo contendere.
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