I'm sure my readers have noticed that I haven't really commented on the Expelled movie that's been such a hot topic on the science blogosphere. It's not like I don't have opinions on it (I do), but other people like Laelaps and PZ and Richard Dawkins and the Blue Collar Scientist have covered the oddities surround the film with such vigor that I really can't add anything worthwhile. I can do nothing but laugh out loud at the movie, which seems to have a duel agenda: 1) Assume that if you're in academia, specifically the sciences, and you harbor any lingering doubts about Darwinian evolution, you're fired or denied tenure or something; and 2) Darwinism fueld the Holocaust.
In fact, as I've referenced before, Hitler's wrath may have been partially inspired by Christian beliefs. I'm not sure why the Christian zealots are so intent on blaming the deaths of millions of Jews on Chuck D., but I suppose anything you can blame the Holocaust for must be pretty bad.
But I do have some thoughts, confused ones, about Expelled. Mainly, I'm not sure who the target audience is supposed to be. I don't see your average teenager seeing Expelled over something like Die Hard 4 (which is not in the theaters, but you see my point). Nobody who has a shred of intellectual scruples would see it, and nobody in the sciences proper is going to see it. Apparently a lot of church groups are scheduling private screenings, but...what else is new? Who else is going to see it? Who is Expelled trying to get ahold of?
The church groups who see this movie will be getting the same speeches they got from Kent Hovind (Dr. Dino), so it's not new information. Expelled is preaching to the choir (literally). Does the film aim to change any minds, or merely re-enforce Creationist dogma and scientific suspicions? I suspect the latter, although I don't see what purpose that ultimately serves. All of the blog authors I mention above, and many more, have done a fantastic job of picking apart the film and rightly criticizing the filmmakers for the fiasco they've created with screenings and publicity. This information is getting to the public ear.
On the other hand, what minds does PZ or Laelaps or Dawins or even I hope to change? I somehow doubt that any of my readers are enrolled in God Loves You University, nor are those people reading Laelaps or PZ or Darren Naish or anyone else on my blogrole. Whose minds do WE hope to change? Am I just preaching to the choir? Are all of us?