Thursday, May 1, 2008

BS Tunnels



Amazing. I've mostly stayed out of the weeds of the nonsense of Expelled, content to note that its very premise represents the bottom of the barrel of stupidity. It turns out the film's superstar, Ben "BS" Stein, has been busily tunnelling to unexpected depths in the barrel.

Marvel in these clips at the sorts of things BS is saying in support of this film. Over and above the standard lying and whining, he faults Darwinian natural selection for its failure to explain the origins of the universe? For its failure to explain the origins of gravity? He says these things in public? Where other people can hear him? And he doesn't collapse from embarrassment?

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. It is, after all, the natural end point of the outlook he wishes to promote over evolution -- "intelligent design" covers all these questions and more. It "explains" the origin of species, the origin of life, the origin of the universe, the origin of gravity, and whatever else BS and friends don't immediately grasp with the same clumsy stroke: god did it.

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