At this point in time, it surely is turning into a comedy of errors on the part of the Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed team. This time they have been shown to be little more than either outright dishonest people, extremely lazy researchers or both. It all surrounds a certain phone conference that occurred…
It all started off with the film’s public relations team sending out invitations to various people inviting them to take part in a telephone conference. Examples of this invitation can be found on A Frame Problem and Panda’s Thumb. So considering this invitation was sent out, recipients did the polite thing and joined the tele-conference (an audio only affair) and were pretty saddened by the whole thing. PZ Myers has his account of the whole thing posted already and I am sure more will follow.
By all available accounts, the film makers made some seriously weird claims including that no one has actually blogged about the content of the film. Excuse me? What? The review of that content on this very blog clearly shows that content ranges from the misleading to outright false, that their examples of discrimination simply are not true. Some might claim that this is a very small blog and that is true … it is far from famous or world reknowned. However, a simple search for “expelled no intelligence allowed review” in google places it fourth on the search results (see screenshot for proof). Even if you ignore that, which is fair enough, Myers himself points out numerous times he himself has pointed out the glaring falsehood Expelled tries to pass off as fact. Throw in the dozens of blogs I have personally read which tear Expelled‘s arguments and examples to shreds and you can clearly see the statement is full of it.
When Myers pointed out that what they was saying was false, the reply was;
and then one of them asked me to do the honorable thing and hang up
So hold on. Someone points out that what you continue to spout as truth is demonstratably false (and has been pointed out as being false time and again) and they turn about and talk to you about ‘the honourable thing’? Does that fail to make sense to anyone else or is it just me?
So, in summary, PZ Myers joined in a phone conference he was invited to and the instant he pointed out that what was being said was wrong he was expelled from it. I thought the Expelled people were all about academic freedom and such? Of course, the planned questions all were extremely softball ones, which seems par for the course with Expelled; they seem to be mortally afraid of actually facing up to any criticism at all.
Hat tip to Bad Idea Blog.
In a semi-related note, Troy Britain notes another dodgy sounding run in with the Expelled people. Apparently he was invited to and attended an event called Expelled! The Movie and the Event for which he had to buy a $10 ticket. He expected that he’d be actually able to see the movie. It didn’t turn out that way … see his full story for what really happened.
SkepChick has stepped up to the mark and posted an audio recording of the teleconference, while raising some very valid objections to the set up of the whole deal. Seems pretty clear from the recording that PZ Myers proved the Expelled crew to be ignorant, deceitful and just plain … well, silly.
And completely off track but it has to be noted regardless, the following video has turned up on YouTube. I do not know if it it meant to be pro or anti-ID/Evolution but it is very well done and very funny.