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The Colbert Report Clip

You can watch it here. Tons of funny stuff in Colbert’s segment on science, which starts roughly at 6:15 and runs to roughly 10:45. I was on for about three minutes, and was instructed: “No monkey business. No evolution.” Of course, even though Colbert plays a rightwinger who thinks with his gut rather than his…

When our lame outgoing president suggested teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in science classes back in (I think) 2005, I like many was outraged. But Bush’s recent comments in one of his outgoing legacy saving interviews put the issue in a somewhat different light: MCFADDEN: Is it literally true, the Bible? BUSH: You know. Probably…

Scientists from the Netherlands have created a genetic map of Europe showing the degree of relatedness between populations in which nearly 2,500 subjects were analyzed by correlating their genetic variations. Such tools help to provide insight into human migrations, survival advantages, and genetic barriers…. but my favorite part is the way they show people are…

…about, like, things people don’t want to hear. But if you do want to hear, listen to this Skepticality podcast. I’ll quote a particularly poignant part of it, from Olson discussing how little the science world does to support innovative attempts at communication (around minute 40): What if there’s some sixteen year old kid right…

My Review of Expelled

It has just gone up over at Science Progress. Since there are certain things you cannot really say on ScienceBlogs any longer, I will only quote here the parts of the review that are ideologically palatable: Okay, let’s get this out of the way first: Ben Stein’s new movie, Expelled, is a deeply dishonest piece…

This is not to knock the very important Expelled Exposed website. But in my opinion, in this day and age you really have to answer film with more film–and entertaining film with more entertaining film. Ben Stein is very intellectually dishonest in Expelled, but he’s also funny. Luckily, Randy Olson’s 2006 documentary Flock of Dodos…

…by Greg Laden. Or as one of my own commenters put it, “Either you really are just fucking stupid, or you’re a closet creationist in this blog group. Pick one.” I won’t be deleting that comment despite the profanity, because I want to have it all on the record–the record of what now happens at…

Expelled a Box Office Success

I merely report the facts: Expelled, opening at over 1,000 theaters this weekend, has raked in $ 3.15 million, placing it ninth at the box office. In terms of political documentaries, it is already the eighth highest grossing of all time. UPDATE: Randy Olson, with whom I just went to see Expelled here in LA,…

Tonight Larry King will be hosting two celebrity documentarians–Morgan Spurlock (cheers) and Ben Stein (boos). Alas, if the former wanted to be well equipped to debunk the latter’s expected tripe about evolution, there probably would have been no better training than making The Republican War on Science as a documentary. But Spurlock opted not to–a…

Read it for yourself. People actually involved in the promotion of films, like Randy Olson or this screenwriter, Kevin Miller, understand perfectly well how such a controversy helps Ben Stein. And Miller in particular ought to know: He’ll surely get residuals if this film does well. Why is our side so clueless? I have no…