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A number of members of the scientific community have criticized the film for portraying intelligent design as an alternative scientific theory to evolution; they claim that intelligent design lacks scientific credibility and is a form of [[creationism]].<ref>[http://www.hnn.us/articles/45776.html Is the Theory of Evolution Really a Matter of Faith?], Leonard and Charles Steinhorn, George Mason University, 31 December 2007</ref><ref name=IDiscreationism>"for most members of the mainstream scientific community, ID is not a scientific theory, but a [[creationist]] [[pseudoscience]]." ([http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hsr/fall2005/mu.pdf ''Trojan Horse or Legitimate Science: Deconstructing the Debate over Intelligent Design''], David Mu, [http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hsr/ Harvard Science Review], Volume 19, Issue 1, [[Autumn|Fall]] [[2005]]) They highlight the fact that a large majority of scientists endorse evolution.<ref name=NIHrecord>"99.9 percent of [[scientist]]s accept evolution" according to [http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/pdfs/2006/07282006Record.pdf ''Finding the Evolution in Medicine''], Cynthia Delgado, [http://www.nih.gov/nihrecord/ NIH Record], [[National Institutes of Health]],  July 28, 2006.</ref> However, advocates of intelligent design argue that it is a legitimate scientific theory and is distinct from the concept of [[creationism]].
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A number of members of the scientific community have criticized the film for portraying intelligent design as an alternative scientific theory to evolution; they claim that intelligent design lacks scientific credibility and is a form of [[creationism]].<ref>[http://www.hnn.us/articles/45776.html Is the Theory of Evolution Really a Matter of Faith?], Leonard and Charles Steinhorn, George Mason University, 31 December 2007</ref><ref name=IDiscreationism>"for most members of the mainstream scientific community, ID is not a scientific theory, but a [[creationist]] [[pseudoscience]]." ([http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hsr/fall2005/mu.pdf ''Trojan Horse or Legitimate Science: Deconstructing the Debate over Intelligent Design''], David Mu, [http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hsr/ Harvard Science Review], Volume 19, Issue 1, Autumn 2005)</ref> They highlight the fact that a large majority of scientists endorse evolution.<ref name=NIHrecord> [http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/pdfs/2006/07282006Record.pdf ''Finding the Evolution in Medicine''], Cynthia Delgado, [[National Institutes of Health]],  July 28, 2006.</ref> However, advocates of intelligent design argue that it is a legitimate scientific theory and is distinct from the concept of [[creationism]].
  
 
Some of the scientists interviewed in the film, notably [[Richard Dawkins]], claim that they were deceived as to the film's purpose and title, and would not have agreed to participate in it had they known of its pro-intelligent design message.<ref name="nyt"/>
 
Some of the scientists interviewed in the film, notably [[Richard Dawkins]], claim that they were deceived as to the film's purpose and title, and would not have agreed to participate in it had they known of its pro-intelligent design message.<ref name="nyt"/>

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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a documentary by Ben Stein set for release in the spring of 2008, which alleges that those supporting intelligent design theory are suppressed and persecuted within schools, universities and the scientific community.[1] The film highlights several academic disputes which, according to Stein, demonstrate that scientists and educators who promote intelligent design are persecuted by the scientific establishment.[2] Examples given by the film of those who have allegedly been persecuted for their support of intelligent design include Richard Sternberg, a biologist and an unpaid research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, and Guillermo Gonzalez, a pro-Intelligent design astrophysicist denied tenure at Iowa State University in 2007.[3] However, the film has attracted considerable criticism and controversy, both on scientific grounds and for the methods used in its making.

Claims portrayed in the film

In the film's trailer, Stein states that there are "people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God" and that "freedom of thought and freedom of inquiry have been expelled from publicly-funded high schools, universities and research institutions."[3]

The film also implies that Darwin's theory of evolution was responsible for the Holocaust,[4][5] a view which has previously been put forward by the Discovery Institute, a scientific think tank which endorses intelligent design.[6]

Criticism and controversy

A number of members of the scientific community have criticized the film for portraying intelligent design as an alternative scientific theory to evolution; they claim that intelligent design lacks scientific credibility and is a form of creationism.[7][8] They highlight the fact that a large majority of scientists endorse evolution.[9] However, advocates of intelligent design argue that it is a legitimate scientific theory and is distinct from the concept of creationism.

Some of the scientists interviewed in the film, notably Richard Dawkins, claim that they were deceived as to the film's purpose and title, and would not have agreed to participate in it had they known of its pro-intelligent design message.[3]

See also

References