Bram Pitoyo, Interlude, Links

Q: Can You Interview An Atheist, And—After Making Claim Of Producing A Movie About “The intersection between science and religion,”—Use The Said Interview In A Film About Intelligent Design And The “scientific conspiracy to keep God out of the nation’s laboratories and classrooms”

A: No, no and no.

His filmmaker partner said:

…there are certain questions you are just not allowed to ask and certain approaches you are just not allowed to take.

Agreed on the last statement, but the first one greatly angered me. Why? An uninsterested mind might as well be a dead one. The proof? Copernicus asked a lot of forbidden questions in his days, and it turned out that he’s right. Face it, poking around at taboos are incredibly fun regardless if you turned out to be right or wrong. In fact, having an inquiring, curious and nosy mind is fun in itself.

After all,

The goal of all life is to have a ball.
– Robert Ellis

On the opposite side, though, we have Dr. Scott, who said:

…the filmmakers were exploiting Americans’ sense of fairness as a way to sell their religious views.

That is right. But you shouldn’t reject the Fundamentalist’s belief simply because you think that they’re wrong (or unscientific, or whatever)—lest you want to become the very thing that you most hate. Because, remember, according to the principle that we have established in the above paragraph, their beliefs might as well be true and yours is screwed. I mean, who knows, right?

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
– Annie Dillard

So let me just say that they’re stiff-necked. And stiff-necks are no fun to chit-chat and play with.