Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a 2008 independent documentary filmdirected by Nathan Frankowski and hosted by Ben Stein. The film contends that academics who believe in intelligent design and criticize evolution are expelled from academia by the scientific establishment in an effort to keep God out of American laboratories and classrooms.

The film presents today's intelligent design arguments as having their foundation in science, rather than religion, though it does not give an explanation or definition of intelligent design on a scientific level, other than addressing issues of irreducible complexity.* The film was well received by the general public and resulted in large earnings. The general media response to the film has been largely unfavorable. The New York Times described it as "a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry" and "an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike." The American Association for the Advancement of Science describes the film as dishonest and divisive propaganda, aimed at introducing religious ideas into public school science classrooms (adapted from Wikipedia).

Those who believe in a Creator will view this film as one that exposes the weakness and danger in the theory of evolution. Those who seek to defend Darwin will feel threatened by many of the facts that are presented. The controversy surrounding these diverse paradigms is well documented. In the spring of 2009 Ben Stein was scheduled to speak at the commencement exercises for the University of Vermont but was disinvited after the scientific lobby put pressure on the University. This incident is only one of the many that verify the truth suggested by the film title and its message.

It is interesting that Ben Stein made it a point in the film to interview Richard Dawkins, the renowned champion of evolution and author of The God Delusion who admitted that there are a number of theories, the "big bang", lightning, accident, etc. that have been put forth to explain the actual origin of life. All of their experiments to duplicate any of these events have failed and Dawkins was actually willing to speculate that life may have been "seeded by aliens." It is incredible that they have no scientific answer but would rather speculate on such things as alien intervention than to allow any consideration of intelligent design.

We recommend viewing this film, which is readily available from several internet sources, and drawing your own conclusions. We found it to be very enlightening regarding the role the theory of evolution has unwittingly played in regard to fascism, the Nazi Holocaust, communism, atheism, abortion and eugenics, as well as in the way modern day adherents use the back-drop of Hitler's suppression of opposing views as a pattern for the present day lobby against any consideration of intelligent design. Man will stop at nothing it seems to remove any hint of evidence that they are in any way responsible to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

Jim Millay, Springfield, VT

*Irreducible complexity is an argument made that certain biological systems are too complex to have evolved from simpler (or less complete predecessors) through natural selection acting upon a series of advantageous naturally occurring chance mutations. Biochemistry professor Michael Behe, the originator of the argument of irreducible complexity, defines an irreducibly complex system as one "composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning." These examples are said to demonstrate that modern biological forms could not have evolved naturally.

Efforts To Simulate the Artificial Generation of Information

The claim is sometimes made by evolutionists like Richard Dawkins that experiments have shown that it is possible to simulate the production of genetic information using computer programs, modeling a form of differential reproduction that is allegedly at the root of "natural selection." There are several flaws in the various simulations including Ev and Avida. Many genetic algorithms need something akin to a 'forward-looking memory' to succeed for which foresighted selection there is no analogue in nature. In addition, both Ev and Avida presuppose existing information. A careful analysis of individual evolutionary simulations reveals that the information produced by an evolutionary simulation does not arise for "free," that is, without an input from the programmer. Large informational outputs require (roughly) equivalent informational inputs. Genetic algorithms can "solve" the information problem, but only if programmers first supply information about proximity to target sequences, selection criteria, or loops of precisely sequenced instructions.

Abridged from Stephen C. Meyer, Signature in The Cell, p. 281 - 295.