It was fascinating to watch the wave of attacks launched against spOILed and me personally just hours after the first stories about the film were published. It’s amazing how agitated and paranoid people get when someone has the audacity to challenge their ideologically driven ideas.
The first wave of attacks focused (inaccurately) on the work I did on Ben Stein’s “Expelled”. Several stone throwers claimed it was my film. It wasn’t. In fact, my role was that of “Line Producer”. I set the schedule, ran the crew and did some interviews, but I had no input into the assembly of the film. They also dredged up charges leveled against me for allegedly “tricking” scientists into being interviewed. The truth is these “acclaimed” academics were outraged that they agreed to appear in a film where their ideas were examined from a perspective they find repulsive. We may be able to detect design in nature? “Outrageous!” they say. “This idea is pushed by ‘creationists’ who just want to get religion into the schools! It’s not science!” Ideology is a very powerful thing.
In a wonderful bit of lucky timing, at the same time these people were attacking me for being part of Expelled it was announced that scientists appear to have proven that Einstein’s theory of relativity is wrong. What?! Rigorously tested experiments by some of the biggest brains on the planet have shown that neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light. This research is shaking the foundations of what we think we know about Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology. In spite of this kind of mind-blowing twist that occasionally happens in scientific research, academic elites in Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy and other disciplines say the facts are all in on the evolution of life. Evolution must be totally undirected; there can be no design. This isn’t just arrogant—it’s unscientific. All Expelled tried to do is show that academic researchers can be so committed to their ideology that they refuse to consider what may be possible.
In this way, Expelled does have some similarities to spOILed. My film challenges ideas that are so ingrained in our culture that we have stopped considering if they are actually true. In an interview with the Farmington Daily Times I was quoted as saying “fossil fuels are wonderful.” My criticizers were aghast at how I could say something they consider to be unbelievably stupid and were joyful that I had exposed myself as an idiot—or worse, some kind of tool for the oil and gas industry.
In response to all those people who have already determined spOILed is a film that should be rebuked, I would humbly ask that they actually hear the ideas presented in the movie before allowing their ideologies to run away from them. Hmmm—humility—that’s an interesting concept, one that is enjoying a refreshing resurgence in academic institutions the world over.