An article in the 27 September 2007 New York Times drew national attention to news reported in the 4 September 2007 Public Policy Report (http://www.aibs.org/public-policy-reports/20070904.html) of noted biologists being interviewed under false pretenses for the forthcoming movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

The documentary, starring actor, economist, and writer Ben Stein, is considered by many evolution proponents to be another piece of intelligent design (ID) and creationism propaganda. According to its press release, the movie features interviews with scientists who “are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired in some cases for the fact that they believe there is evidence of ‘design’ in nature, challenging the idea that life is a result of random change.”

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, director of the National Center for Science Education Eugenie Scott, and science blogger PZ Meyers were also interviewed for the movie. However, all described interview scenarios in which they were not informed of the movie’s ID-slant by the film’s producers. According to Dawkins in an email to the New York Times, “At no time was I given the slightest clue that these people were a creationist front.”

 


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