Following in the footsteps of the Dawkins-Myer ‘gatecrash’ of the anti-evolution movie Expelled, Scientific American has now posted a multi-part feature debunking the controversial film. Except this time, it was anything but a gatecrash, with the movie’s producer actually approaching Sci-Am:
You wouldn’t expect Scientific American to take a particularly positive view of a movie that espouses intelligent design over evolutionary biology. Then again, you wouldn’t expect the producers of said film — in this case, Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed — to offer the editors of said magazine a private screening.
Associate producer Mark Mathis showed up at our offices with a preview of Expelled in hand. That’s right, the unexpected screening happened. The unexpected positive reviews did not.
Reviewers included the ubiquitous Michael Shermer (so much so, he’s even in this film), Sci-Am editor in chief John Rennie (who attacks the movie’s attempts to link the theory of evolution to the Holocaust), and Steve Mirsky who sums everything up with “Six Things in Expelled that Ben Stein Doesn’t Want You to Know“.
So all in all, another good day of publicity for the makers of Expelled…