Saturday, March 22, 2008

A little bit of drama

A lot of us have been awaiting the release of Expelled, a documentary that purportedly supports the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID) in schools alongside Evolution. I'm particularly interested in seeing how well this movie does in theaters, and whether there's any significant public reaction. I doubt there will be, but you never know.

At a recent screening of the movie at the Mall of America, Pharyngula (PZ Myers) was forced to leave the screening, presumably because he was seen as a threat of some kind, while Richard Dawkins was allowed in.

You can probably google a number of interesting links at this point, but the summary is also available at:
New York Times
Salon

PZ Myers outlines his removal from the line and the aftermath, due primarily to the reactions of pro-Expelled bloggers. Dawkins and Myers talk about the events at RichardDawkins.net.

It's funny, though maybe not quite deserving of all the press. The reaction is certainly a measure of the emotions involved in the pro-ID/anti-ID debate, and I have to wonder what this will mean for the rest of the movie's promotion. I'm curious, but maybe not curious enough to sit through it, and in any case I'm not sure I want to deal with the internal rage that will most likely ensue.

On a related note, I wanted to point out Citizens for Science, which is more or less relevant to you depending on your state of residence. If you're interested in the ID issue you can go there for information or action.

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