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Spiegel gets into the act, too

That movie Expelled is acquiring an international reputation: Spiegel reports on Unfreiwillige Kreationisten-PR: Forscher fühlen sich von Filmemachern missbraucht (if you’d rather, here’s the google translation). By the time the film opens, what it will be best known for is that they had to lie to get their interviews.

(They quote me. They get my name wrong. Oh, well, it’s part of my grand plan: from now on, every scientist with a weird name you’ve never heard of before? Just assume it’s me. I shall be ubiquitously mysterious.)

Comments

  1. #1 Umilik
    September 27, 2007

    Ah so you’re the famous Dr Zachary I have been reading so much about. Now it all makes sense…..
    But a mentioning in Der Spiegel, even if it is only in the inferior online version, I bow my head in awe.

  2. #2 sdh
    September 27, 2007

    Dr. P.M. Zachary I presume…

    I hope that more light is shown on the shenanigans of Ben Stein and his cohorts. If they truly believe that their’s is the better moral and intellectual position, then surely they don’t need to stoop to such immoral measures to promote it.

  3. #3 Sam Wang
    September 27, 2007

    I like this translated sentence quite a lot: “The British researcher of Christian fundamentalists from the USA gets violent head wind.” I wonder what was meant…

  4. #4 Fernando Magyar
    September 27, 2007

    Heh, gotta love these Google translations:

    “The biologist Zachary explained, it would have itself also for a film interviewen to leave, expressly for the creationism trommelt. However, then he writes in a Blogeintrag, he probably substantially “more aggressively” over the goals of the film would then have expressed himself.”

    Though I have to admit, “Creationism trommelt” does have a nice gooey ring to it, kinda like their brains. And if you’re going to express your opinion, I’ll take doing it on a “Blogeintrag” any day over just a plain old blog.

  5. #5 Ben
    September 27, 2007

    Dishonest scholarship.

    Dishonest film-making.

    Is anybody surprised?

  6. #6 CalGeorge
    September 27, 2007

    Um. Expelled is the last word I would pick for a movie title.

    Causing people to subconsciously link creationism with enemas is not going to be good for PR.

  7. #7 Jason Failes
    September 27, 2007

    The translation is not perfect, no, but compare it to the English-as-a-native-tongue writers over on http://www.fstdt.com

  8. #8 David Marjanovi?
    September 27, 2007

    I’ll take doing it on a “Blogeintrag” any day over just a plain old blog.

    That’s a blog entry, literally.

  9. #9 David Marjanovi?
    September 27, 2007

    I’ll take doing it on a “Blogeintrag” any day over just a plain old blog.

    That’s a blog entry, literally.

  10. #10 JT
    September 27, 2007

    Um. Expelled is the last word I would pick for a movie title.

    Causing people to subconsciously link creationism with enemas is not going to be good for PR.

    On the other hand, the “No Intelligence Allowed” part of the title is an excellent slogan for the ID movement.

  11. #11 James Stein
    September 27, 2007

    Fantastic Google translation.

    “The Atheisten was much to for a long time nicely. Now we raise the voice.”

    I want to frame that and hang it on my wall.

  12. #12 Fernando Magyar
    September 27, 2007

    Re #12 David, in “Deutsch”, maybe but in “Englisch” (which is the language I was reading in) It has a ring of importance that “blog” sorta lacks. Know what I mean? BTW, Ich spreche kein Deutsches, but I have done some private technical translations in other languages so I am actually rather impressed at the understandability of these computer generated translations.

  13. #13 NC Paul
    September 27, 2007

    What’s the literal translation of “Gottesfürchtigen”, as in

    “For a long time particularly a culture fight raves between researchers and Gottesfürchtigen in the USA”?

  14. #14 NC Paul
    September 27, 2007

    Oh and I love this:
    Intelligently design:
    Fundamentalism in the camouflage dress: Representatives of the academic variant intelligently Design speak not of God, but of a supernatural intelligence behind all things. The creationism was renamed by its trailers in the USA particularly for legal reasons in intelligently Design, since US courts had forbidden several times religious theories at national schools. Under that new label praise trailers their faith as equivalent theory. That leaves scientists however the hair untouched to mountains – for a theory it finally bräuchte the basis of research, proofs and scientific publications.

  15. #15 Michael
    September 27, 2007

    @19: “Gottesfürchtigen” means (literally) people who fear god resp. are afraid of him.

    BTW great blog, Prof. Myers

  16. #16 Strange Forces
    September 27, 2007

    I shall be ubiquitously mysterious.

    All honesty, you should add “Ubiquitously Mysterious” to your business cards.

  17. #17 PZ Myers
    September 27, 2007

    Yeah. And the printer will misspell it.

  18. #18 Texas Reader
    September 27, 2007

    Rampant films’ website has a “contact us” section where there is an email address. I sent an email to ask why the makers of Expelled were not honest with scientists like PZ Meyers about their reasons for interviewing them. I just got a failure notice that the email address is not valid. Are these guys hiding now?

  19. #19 David Marjanovi?
    September 29, 2007

    From both Ass Prod’s letter and the Rampant web site, it appears that these people made no secret about the film’s content.

    Then read again.

  20. #20 David Marjanovi?
    September 29, 2007

    From both Ass Prod’s letter and the Rampant web site, it appears that these people made no secret about the film’s content.

    Then read again.

  21. #21 Corn
    October 2, 2007

    I told “Spiegel” that they got PZs name wrong. They thanked me for the hint and corrected it