By the way, I'm a physicist not a biologist. That link of yours I don't feel I have the expertise to comment on.
Lemme help you out, Taz.
The first sentence of the abstract:
In spite of an enormous amount of genetic flux in plants and animals, the basic genetic processes and major molecular traits are believed to have persisted essentially unchanged for more than three-and-a-half billion years, and the molecular mechanisms of animal ontogenesis for more than one billion years.
Perhaps Juggs would like to defend this load of horseshit.
Which is why, if one googles "evolution" at amazon.com, one finds 21,822 hits and if one googles "intelligent design", one finds 635 hits. Over half of which are engineering books. Of the remaining 300 or so, half of those are critical of ID. Leaving about 150 books on ID. About a tenth of the number of hits you get with "alien abduction".
It seems they managed only 1.2M Friday and the weekend box office is projected to be 3.4M.
And remember, they've spent millions to make this movie and millions more to market it. According to a commenter on John Lynch's blog who attended a screening and got to hear the Expelled producers answer questions, they considered a successful opening weekend to be 2 million tickets sold; they didn't even come close.
They've gotta have $10 million into this, bare minimum.
It's a statement of fact. Eugenics and so Darwinism played heavily in their reasoning.
Mein Kampf makes no mention of Darwin, nor of the ToE.
There is no mention of Darwin in Mein Kampf. Not one single, solitary mention, not one mention in any of the 27 chapters of this long and tedious book. Don't you think that, if Hitler was truly influenced by Darwin, he would have given him at least one teeny weeny mention in his book?
Hitler justified his behavior as righteous xian thinking.
Hitler used religion to justify his anti-Semitism. For example, here is a typical quotation, from the end of Chapter 2 of Mein Kampf.
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
Anti-semitism predates the Holocaust by hundreds of years.
Anti-Semitism (had) been rife in Europe for many many centuries, positively encouraged by most Christian churches, including especially the two that (dominated) Germany. The Roman Catholic Church (had) notoriously persecuted Jews as "Christ-killers". As for the Lutherans, Martin Luther himself wrote a book called On the Jews and their Lies from which Hitler quoted.
In the absence of evidence or solid logical arguments, Creationists have long resorted to the strategy of quote-mining, the purposeful misrepresentation of scientistsâ€™ opinions by selective or distorted quotation of their words, to buttress their claims. With the Creationists behind the movie Expelled hard at work to demonstrate that â€œDarwinismâ€ was a necessary pre-condition for the Holocaust and Hitlerâ€™s primary inspiration, it was only a matter of time before historians suffered the same fate. Enter David Klinghoffer, the Discovery Instituteâ€™s hired hit-pen and journalistic hatchet job expert.
Joachim C. Fest, in Hitler, describes how the Nazi tyrant â€œextract[ed] the elements of his world viewâ€ from various influences including â€œpopular treatments of Darwinism.â€
Now, if you have been involved in the Creationism-evolution skirmishes for a while, you get a sixth sense for quote mines, something just doesnâ€™t look right to you: very short quotes, ellipses, words altered or inserted.
Fortunately, I had access to Festâ€™s excellent Hitler biography, so I looked. On page 201, Fest is describing Hitlerâ€™s voracious but unsophisticated reading habits, and then writes:
Yet he [Hitler] went on extracting the elements of his world view from pseudoscientific secondary works: tracts on race theory, anti-Semitic pamphlets, treatises on the Teutons, on racial mysticism and eugenics, as well as popular treatments of Darwinism and the philosophy of history. JJoachim Fest, Hitler, Harcourt 2002, p. 201
This is what Klinghoffer wants to pass as this historianâ€™s equivalent of â€œcontributed mightilyâ€: on par with â€œtreatises on the Teutonsâ€!
The rest are quote-mines too.
In her classic 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote ...
... about "social Darwinism", not Darwinism.
(FYI, rand. The source of social Darwinism was not Darwin but Herbert Spencer and the tradition of Protestant nonconformism going back to Hobbes via Malthus. Spencer's ideas of evolution were Lamarckian. The only real connection between Darwinism and social Darwinism is the name.)
In Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock ...
... mentions "Darwinism" once. On page 225.
(btw. The book is 489 pages long. You'd think that, were Hitler's policies based on Darwinism, it might merit more than one mention.)
John Tolandâ€™s Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography says ...
... mentions Darwin once. On page 23. Once in 1120 pages.
In his biography, Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris, Ian Kershaw ...
... talks about "social Darwinism", not Darwinism.
Klinghoffer desperately wants to find something in Mein Kampf. After all, it was Hitler's road map.
So Klinghoffer quote-mines Hitler! You gotta love a guy who resorts to quote-mining Hitler.
Here's Klinghoffer's version:
He invokes the â€œprinciples of Natureâ€™s rule,â€ â€œher whole work of higher breeding,â€ in which â€œstruggle is always a means for improving a speciesâ€™ health and power of resistance and, therefore, a cause of its higher development.â€
Here are the actual quotes:
Thus men without exception wander about in the garden of Nature; they imagine that they know practically everything and yet with few exceptions pass blindly by one of the most patent principles of Nature's rule: the inner segregation of the species of all living beings on this earth.
No more than Nature desires the mating of weaker with stronger individuals, even less does she desire the blending of a higher with a lower race, since, if she did, her whole work of higher breeding, over perhaps hundreds of thousands of years, might be ruined with one blow.
Therefore, here, too, the struggle among themselves arises less from inner aversion than from hunger and love. In both cases, Nature looks on calmly, with satisfaction, in fact. In the struggle for daily bread all those who are weak and sickly or less determined succumb, while the struggle of the males for the female grants the right or opportunity to propagate only to the healthiest. And struggle is always a means for improving a species' health and power of resistance and, therefore, a cause of its higher development.
One of the key roots of Hitlerâ€™s extreme anti-Semitism and subsequent programs of action are, instead, to be found in Viennaâ€™s Catholic anti-Semitic publications.
The anti-Semitic side of his theories were easily come by in Vienna.
The Social Catholic journal, Deutsches Volksblatt, edited by Ernst Vergani, offered a constant crop of anti-Semitic stories, mixing the crudest kind of sex and anti-Semitic with popularization of the racial theories of the nineteenth-century French writer, Count Gobineau.
The Catholic paper Das Vaterland under its highly successful editor, Vogelsang, who died in 1890, was peddling the argument that Jewish advances came only because of Christian spinelessness even before Hitlerâ€™s birthâ€¦ Hitler was a self-taught man and his system was his own, concocted piecemeal from the leavings of others, filtered at third- and fourth-hand through the cheap pamphlet and leaflet literature of Viennese politics and elaborated in the endless arguments on the Meldeannstrasse, arguments which nearly brought about his permanent exclusion from the hostel on the complaints of the other inmates.
Moreover, the section of Mein Kampf which sets out Hitlerâ€™s ideas on racial issues are couched in historical rather than biological-mystical terms and they represent only a section of his total ideological structure.
His ideas on the primacy of race came much more from Houston Stewart Chamberlain and the German nationalists, such publicists as F. Lange and Klaus Wagner, for example.
A federal judge in New York has issued an injunction against any further distribution of Expelled in a lawsuit filed by Yoko Ono over the use of John Lennon's Imagine in the film without permission. The movie can continue to be shown, but no new prints can be sent out and they cannot distribute DVDs of the movie at least until they hold a hearing on a further injunction on May 19.