Joined: Mar. 2008
I've been trying to shout out about the domain inconsistency for quite some time. Glad it's getting some notice.
There are other signs that this story is full of holes though.
More important than asking about Crossroads is asking: whatever happened to Rampant Films? You know, the inconspicuous little production company with the website listing several blase films, about scuba diving and such, and which had a street address that turned out to be an unoccupied apartment building?
And how exactly does one claim that the Expelled concept evolved after the interviews anyway when your own star, selected early in the project, characterized his take on the film as "From Darwin to Hitler"?
And so on.
I do feel that we're still not hitting our stride in rebutting this stuff. For all the things WE think are big goofs and obvious on their side, very little of that is really making an impression on people outside the scienceblog circle. They are very tightly controlling their message, and it is a savvy one: hard to rebut as quickly and as clearly as it can be spun. Free expression and free inquiry is a compelling rallying cry. The problem is simply that freedom of inquiry does not overrule the unavoidable need to make judgments of scientific merit in academia, and the stalwart refusal of the ID camp to accept, even hypothetically, the possibility that their ideas have no merit, just as countless unsung scientists have seen happen to their ideas, only without a tremendous PR campaign to keep the idea alive regardless.
But see, even that took too long to blather on about...
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