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Science as yet throws no light on the far higher problem
of the essence or origin of life."
Darwin, The Origin of Species,
descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and
pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habits..."
The Descent of
vol II, 389 "It is a
mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] &
holes as sound parts."
Desmond & Moore, Darwin,
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Expelled! No Intelligence Allowed
"... Science as yet throws no light on the far higher problem of the essence or origin of life." Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, p. 637
"...Man is descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habits..." Darwin, The Descent of Man, vol II, 389
"It is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] & holes as sound parts." Darwin, Desmond & Moore, Darwin, 475
An Intelligent Discussion about Life: "People frequently use the word 'evolve' as a genteel way of saying 'change'... Unfortunately, people sometimes are told that Darwinian evolution simply demonstrates 'changes over time.' If that were so, how could any sensible person object to it? Even ardent critics of Darwinism accept 'microevolution' — change over time within species. Animal and plant breeding, after all, are kinds of human-guided microevolution....
"But classical Darwinists such as... Richard Dawkins assert much more. Dawkins, for example, acknowledges that living organisms 'give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.' But, he argues that this appearance of design is completely misleading because undirected Darwinian processes — random mutations and natural selection — can produce the features of living systems that look designed....
"...my colleague, philosopher of science Stephen Meyer, argues that digital code stored in the DNA molecule points to intelligent design. He notes that DNA stores information using sequences of chemicals that 'function just like alphabetic characters in a written text or binary digits in a software code.' This discovery has profound implications. As he explains, "Whenever we trace information back to its source — whether we are looking at an ancient hieroglyphic, a headline in a newspaper or software code in a computer program, we always come to an intelligent agent — to a mind, not a material process. So when we find information in life in the form of the digital code in DNA, the most likely explanation is that DNA also had an intelligent source."
Darwin and the Nazis By: Richard Weikart The American Spectator April 16, 2008: "Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, and some other Darwinists are horrified that the forthcoming documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, will promote Intelligent Design to a large audience when it opens at over a thousand theaters nationwide on April 18. Ironically, their campaign to discredit Ben Stein and the film confirms its main point, which is to expose the persecution meted out by Darwinists to those daring to criticize Darwinian theory.
"One aspect of Expelled that troubles Dawkins and some of his colleagues is its treatment of the ethical implications of Darwinism, especially its discussion of the historical connections between Darwinism and Nazism. Isn't this a bit over-the-top, suggesting that Darwinism has something to do with Nazism? After all, Darwinists today are not Nazis, and Darwinism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism....
"...features of Darwinian theory that have contributed to the devaluing of human life (then and now):
1. ...humans were not qualitatively different from animals. The leading Darwinist in Germany, Ernst Haeckel, attacked the 'anthropocentric' view that humans are unique and special.
2. ...denied that humans had an immaterial soul. He and other Darwinists believed that all aspects of the human psyche, including reason, morality, aesthetics, and even religion, originated through completely natural processes.
3. ...there is no objective, fixed morality and thus no objective human rights....
4. Since evolution requires variation, Darwin and other early Darwinists believed in human inequality....
5. ...humans are locked in an ineluctable struggle for existence...."
Angry attacks from various sources.
These critics were featured at Fandango, when we tried (unsuccessfully) to by tickets online. Most of the other links -- which were not posted on the main page -- were positive. Fandango seems to stand with those who refuse to consider Intelligent Design -- even if the designer would have nothing to do with the Biblical God:
Ben Stein Vs. Sputtering Atheists: "PC liberalism's power centers are the news media, the entertainment industry and academia, and all are in the clutches of an unmistakable hypocrisy: Theirs is an ideology that preaches the freedom of thought and expression at every opportunity, yet practices absolute intolerance toward dissension. ...
"I came out of it stunned. Ben Stein's extraordinary presentation documents how the worlds of science and academia not only crush debate on the origins of life, but also crush the careers of professors who dare to question the Darwinian hypothesis of evolution and natural selection....
"He allows the principal advocates of Darwinism to speak their minds.... One theorizes that life began somehow on the backs of crystals. Another states electric sparks from a lightning storm created organic matter (out of nothing). Another declares that life was brought to Earth by aliens. Anything but God. The most controversial part of the film follows Stein to the Dachau concentration camp, underlining how Darwin's theories of natural selection led to the eugenics movement, embraced by Adolf Hitler." See Creation