- Expelled Beats Sicko (Robin Hanson - Overcoming Bias)
Metacritic (a review aggregator) gives Michael Moore's latest movie Sicko a 74 out of 100, while the new Expelled gets only a 20. Expelled, however, is a better movie.
- The New Paternalism (ChronicleReview)
An economist and a legal scholar argue that policy makers should nudge people into making good decisions
- Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers (Boston.com)
Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die.
- Human memory: memory chip could mean we never forget (Telegraph)
Human memory could work more like Google one day, says Gary Marcus.
- Gotcha? Anglers rejoice as GM trout prove easier to catch (Times Online)
Now there'll be no excuse for the one that got away. Britain's rivers and lakes are to be restocked with trout carrying genetic modifications that make them easier to catch.
May 8, 2008
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Expelled is about is about religious fundamentalists misrepresenting and bending facts and selectively quoting people (Dawkins, PZ Myers and others have written pages and pages about the deception behind the movie's interviews) to try to pimp unscientific ideas as being scientific (science requires evidence, there is none for creationism).
Moore's movie is propaganda for a particular political/ideological position. You can agree or disagree that it's the best and most effective system, but at least he's not trying to pretend that we should all pray for the sick - he's talking about something where personal opinion really is relevant (unlike Bronze Age myths with regards to the origin of life).
"In Expelled, experts on many sides speak at length in their own words. The movie makes a good case for its main claim, that intelligent design advocates are shunned by academia."
My understanding is that this is precisely the opposite of what occurs in Expelled. I haven't worked up enough fortitude to actually go see it yet.
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