Friday, April 18, 2008

Religious, paranoid and ignorant

I have no idea whether or not Expelled is an accurate portrayal of academic intolerance, but reactions to it suggest that it may well be:
...[T]he evolutionist prophets featured in the film are on the warpath inveighing against it, and the alleged idiots who would lower themselves to watching it. Richard Dawkins laments how the film will solicit "cheap laughs that could only be raised in an audience of scientific ignoramuses." Minnesota professor and blogger P.Z. Myers predicts the movie is "going to appeal strongly to the religious, the paranoid, the conspiracy theorists, and the ignorant – which means they're going to draw in about 90% of the American market." Myers and Dawkins now both complain they were "duped" into appearing in the movie (for pay).
Anyone who believes that 90% of his fellow citizens are paranoid and ignorant [and apparently includes the religious in this group] is probably not very tolerant of those among his colleagues or students who might disagree with him.

1 comment:

  1. You might check out to see if the movie's claims are accurate.


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