Report on Expelled Soon, Mark Mathis Shocks and Goons

Been quite a busy couple of days for me, but I hope to have a final report on Expelled soon. The only thing I can say at this point is that it all almost seems redundant. We’ve been over this stuff, so, so many times. Seeing the film simply was and is not a way of engaging in the larger debate in any substantive fashion.

But in the meantime, don’t miss this astoundingly telling tidbit from Real Detroit Weekly. With no jumplink right to the article, you’ll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page, but it’s well worth it. Unless the reporter is badly misrepresenting things, Mathis comes off as unbelievably ignorant about the very subjects his film is supposed to be an informed critic about, reciting boilerplate creationist canards and then crumbling away from those bold claims by insisting that it doesn’t matter.

As I’ve noted many, many times, the movie’s entire premise relies on pretty much avoiding the question of whether ID really is sound, testable science. As RDW notes “But it’s not a question of censorship—it’s a question of classification.”

And if largely dodging that absolutely unavoidable issue in the film wasn’t bad enough, RDW portrays Mathis as not really even understanding the basic idea to begin with: evolution is falsifiable? Speciation is observable? All, astonishingly, news to Mathis. Like Stein, Mathis seems to have pumped himself up with the standard quiver of creationist claims, but is utterly baffled to find that they doesn’t hold up to even a few seconds of critical analysis.

2 Responses to Report on Expelled Soon, Mark Mathis Shocks and Goons

  1. Jay says:

    Critical analysis never enters into the equation. Mathis probably has a gut feeling that he’s right. The rest is just unimportant details.

  2. rebeldreams says:

    A lack of intellectual honesty from an ID supporter? I’m shocked and deeply, deeply saddened.

    I am starting to get the feeling that, like Stein, Mathis may actually not believe in the central premise of “Expelled”. This, too, is utterly shocking to me, and it destroys my deeply held faith in all that is right and proper in Hollywoodland.

    I’m thinking of starting soem sort of petition to get Hollywood back to basics. You know, giant killer robots that turn into shiny cars, historically inaccurate re-enactments of ancient battles and hobbits. Lots and lots of hobbits.

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