The Ben Stein movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is out on DVD. It is about how the bias has swung in the US from a religious Creationist fundamentalism that blocked the Theory of Evolution to a scientific Evolutionist fundamentalism that blocks discussion of Intelligent Design.

While it is a good primer for these discussions, it is done with wry humor and the typical Ben Stein offhandedness, so interesting to watch even if you aren’t that interested in the topic.

The orchestral arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” in the opening credits alone is worth getting the DVD for.

The Vedic perspective is clearly one based on the Intelligent Design thesis. The long time frames that are evidenced by the fossil and scientific evidence are easily accommodated when scripture describes the history of the Universe as follows:

“On the upper planets, time is calculated differently. One of our years is equal to only twenty-four hours, or one day and night, on many of the upper planets. The four ages of earth (Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali) last only twelve thousand years according to the time scale of the upper planets. Such a length of time multiplied by one thousand constitutes one day of Brahma, and one night of Brahma is the same. Such days and nights accumulate into months and years, and Brahma lives for one hundred such years. At the end of Brahma’s life, the complete universal manifestation is vanquished.”

Isopanisad mantra 14

Intelligent Design is sometimes confused with fundamentalist Creationism which sees the Earth as only some 6,000 years old but it is different. ID doesn’t deny the scientific evidence, it actually uses it to show that evolution has been directed and that there are enough anomalies in the evidence to support Intelligent Design as an alternative to Evolution.

Even within my lifetime, the Theory of Continental Drift was ridiculed before it was eventually accepted, again because of fundamentalists who stop thinking and simply defend some perceived status quo.

Not everyone is happy with this documentary:  “The Anti-Defamation League has condemned the film for its linking of evolutionary theory and the Holocaust: “Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.” Promoting the movie in Canada, Stein told the Vancouver Sun that “It’s none of their [expletive] business”.”

Still, some perspective on how to present ID  can be found in Expelled, even if one would have to pick and choose.  If you find yourself in Creation sorts of discussions it can be a useful tool.