Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is not due out until February 2008, and for that matter it doesn’t even seem to be done filming yet, but it is sure causing a lot of stir. Starring Ben Stein, the movie is a documentary addressing the alleged anti-ID (anti-anti-Darwinian?) bias in the American scientific and education communities.
As I’ve written before, some of the anti-theist scientists interviewed for the film claim they were misled about the type of documentary it was, and fear how they will be edited for the film.
Producer Walt Ruloff recently gave a podcast-interview to Rob Crowther at Intelligent Design The Future, which addresses some of the questions and may perhaps cause even more stir. Some of the points made in the interview:
- Those interviewed were provided both a full disclosure and release to sign, as well as provided the questions asked, before the interviews.
- The responses will not be edited.
- One of the leading genomic researchers in the country stated that a growing percentage of their research is pointing in directions that they can’t publish, or risk losing their funding.
- 20% to 30% of their findings are being shelved
Considering that a reported 85% of the population already question the materialistic evolutionary metanarrative, this film could very well threaten the status quo, and cause some examination of the Government’s funding process. A little skepticism is a good thing. I do hope, however, that the film’s producers stick to the facts. All it will take is some minor bits of misinformation to threaten the film’s conclusions. Although, that didn’t seem to hurt Al Gore or Michael Moore.