Assignment #6 (Due Wednesday May 28, 2014): Argue for or against the position taken by the scientists featured in the Documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed after comparing the film with the ideas expressed by DesCartes and Darwin or Bacon in A World of Ideas. Quote and cite both Darwin and DesCartesor Bacon in your paper, following the instructions given in class. Type the 4-1/2 page essay with customary works cited page and self analysis of your paper as the last page.
We will discuss details in class.
After watching this trailer and then discussing it in class, watch the entire film on your computer or ask me for a copy for you to take home to study. This is open source and you may copy it to your computer. In the trailer, you will find the arguments for and against this video and the link to the full movie. You may take a position for or against Stein’s argument, but it must be a logical argument.
Here is the full Movie:
Many of you, about 1/2 of you actually watched the videos I assigned at he beginning of the semester. Those who watched these videos are the ones who understand the first amendment and are getting better grades in the class. This is an opportunity for you to go back and watch them now to understand why we need to protect the first amendment to keep this country viable, rather than sinking into a 3rd world nation. If you do this now, you will enhance your grade, give you understanding, and improve your web comments grade. Being lazy or bored about history, American law, politics, etc. is not a legitimate argument for your lack of knowledge about how America “works.” We have the longest lasting constitution on this planet and many other societies are out to destroy how America has dominated, because their oligarchies object to our “freedom.” I direct you to the following videos:
Many of you have already commented on this video, but look at it again in light of the fact this new technology won a Nobel Prize for science and listen to the inventor’s commentary about his interest in Intellectual Design theory discussed by Ben Stein in the film Expelled.
And here is another example of a great contemporary American physician who believes in intelligent design. I first learned about him on Chris Wallace’s weekly tv show Fox New Sunday, where Wallace introduced him as his hero of the week. Dr. Carson is amazing. Watch the three parts in the order shown here.
For More on Descartes, go to American Culture and scan down the list for More on Descartes
Here is an interesting exposition of Rene Descartes Forth Meditation
A childhood friend, also born in 1937, sent me this from 1955–the year we graduated from high school:
After listening to class discussion, I found an extremely interesting comment appearing consistently about the film Intelligent Design. The comments centered around the fact that the United States was not founded by Christians; therefore the Christians were making unfair claims against atheists–an oxymoron. First of all the Constitution of the United States was agreed upon because the various religious factions in the United States were slow to ratify the document until states rights were set up to allow these different religious factions in various states have power over federal power in the Constitution so the various religious groups could keep their rights. Read the constitution again. This argument is emotional, not expository, and does not frame an accurate argument–off topic. Remember, you only have 1 shot on this paper–no revision allowed. Do it right the first time. I gave you handouts from A World of Ideas on both Darwin and Descartes–if you lost them, borrow one from a classmate. I’m not printing more at my personal expense. Welcome to the real world.
Journey Inside The Cell
From the Discovery Institute