Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"The Principle" #1 Single Screen Opening In US Weekend of October 24-26!

Thank you Chicago!


"The Principle" will move downtown to the Loop, at the AMC River East 21 - 322 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611

Starting Friday November 7

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Better and Better...Now the Solar System Is Moving In Two Different Directions At Once, at Three Velocities!

We determine the peculiar velocity of the solar system relative to the frame of distant quasars, by studying the dipole anisotropy, if any, in the redshift distribution of a large sample of quasars distributed across the sky. The magnitude of the peculiar velocity thus determined turns out be extremely large (9750±550km/s; ∼3% the speed of light), and is about an order of magnitude larger than the velocity determined from the dipole anisotropy in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation or the value determined earlier relative to the frame of distant radio sources. Even the direction of the motion is in a direction nearly opposite to the earlier determinations. The large differences in the magnitudes of inferred motion as well as their opposite signs are rather disconcerting. A genuine difference between these velocity vectors would imply highly anisotropic Universe, with anisotropy changing with epoch. This would violate the cosmological principle where the isotropy of the Universe is assumed for all epochs, and which is the basis of modern cosmological models.

Either that, or the dipoles are intrinsic.

If the dipoles are intrinsic, then the Earth is the center of the universe.

Friday, October 10, 2014

"The Principle" Explodes Heads

Among the tens of thousands of shares our trailer has generated over the past week and a half or so, one caught my eye tonight- a stunned atheist writes on his home page:
"Never have I seen such production value go into spreading creationist lies. A creationist film arguing for a GEOCENTRIC UNIVERSE. Taking scientist quotes out of context is an old trick, but this is a new low."
Now two interesting facts emerge.
First- and believe me, the finished film is even *much* better than the trailer- he has "never seen" production value in a "creationist film" to compare with "The Principle".
Second, he is sure that the film consists in "creationist lies", although he has of course never seen it.
"The Principle" is causing heads to explode all over the place.
Just wait until they see the finished film 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Why "The Principle" Matters, Part One---To People Of Faith

Why "The Principle" Matters, Part One- To People Of Faith

Some ideas are so powerful that they have burned heretics, overturned civilizations, and turned our view of reality upside down.

The Copernican Principle is one of them......

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SMOKING GUN: Lawrence Krauss Admits Signing Release, Doing Interview for "The Principle"


I am particularly entertained by the laugh he draws from the crowd while talking about Kate Mulgrew's claim to have been "misled"---somehow-- despite having read the whole script for weeks, and then twice, into a microphone ;-)

Right at the beginning.

Much, much more to come........

Friday, August 22, 2014

"The Principle" Has Received Its MPAA Rating........

And it is PG.



What could possibly disqualify "The Principle" from a rating for General Audiences?

"Thematic elements" ;-)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ancient Origins Begins Three Part Series On "The Principle"!

Fantastic new article on "The Principle" at Ancient Origins!

Stay tuned, because a follow up article examining the Media Hoax and finally, a live interview with yours truly are coming.....

Great to see the media coverage starting to deal with the actual issues examined in "The Principle"!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"The Record" Covers "The Principle"

Thanks to Matthew Biddle and the Diocese of Perth, Australia, for this example of why Karl Keating, Mark Shea, David Palm, NPR, Time, Slate, Daily Beast, Lie For Science, and the rest of the Media Hoax Squad are about to experience true regret for their hysterically botched coverage of "The Principle"

Stay tuned for "Thoughtcrime- Why The Principle Induces Media Hysteria" coming soon on YouTube.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Forward Boldly" Interview With Producer of "The Principle"

Many, many thanks to the marvelous Christine Le Niles for the opportunity to clear the air concerning the remarkable Media Hoax run against "The Principle".

Coming soon:

"Thoughtcrime: How and Why 'The Principle' Induces Media Hysteria"

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Remember the "Smoking Gun" for Inflation? Guess What It Might Really Be Telling Us About Our Place In The Cosmos...

The Copernican Principle continues to pop up all over the most cutting edge observations of our universe.

Some weeks back the media trumpeted the "smoking gun" claim the inflation had been confirmed by BICEP2 observations of B mode polarization in the CMB.

But the observations must, somehow, be accounted for, and the tension between BICEP2 and Planck must somehow be resolved.

Remarkably, one proposal suggests the tension between these observations can be resolved, if we abandon the Copernican Principle:

"Here we show that it is possible for a tensor fluctuation to produce a B mode in the CMB polarization without producing any temperature fluctuation nor E-mode polarization whatsoever. The argument is relatively straightforward given the total-angular- momentum (TAM) formalism we have developed in recent work [9]. The only catch is that, as we show, the tensor fluctuation required to do this violates the Copernican principe; i.e., it implies that we occupy a preferred location in the Universe."

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Clarification to YouTube Commenter On The Media Hoax Against "The Principle"

Just to clarify here, I am the Producer and the Writer of "The Principle", and I conducted many of the interviews, including those with George and Michio.

The essence of the media hoax consists in this: a personal enemy of the Executive Producer (who had never seen the film) tweeted two of the interviewees (who had never seen the film) and told them they had been hornswoggled into a film about geocentrism (having never seen the film).

Krauss denounced the film (having never seen it) and the media picked that up and ran with the hysterical and ridiculous story he tried to peddle on NPR (which never saw the film, nor did they ever contact us to check the facts).

Mulgrew caved (she never saw the film, but she read the script for weeks, and anyone who clicks the link below will see that there is no question whatsoever that her claim of having been misinformed is bunk).

Then the media contacted everybody else (having never seen the film) and told them all what the film was about (having never seen the film).

The scientists (having never seen the film) denounced what the media (which had never seen the film) told them the film was about.

Not very scientific of them.

Only George Ellis, as I said, remained scientific enough to point out that the story he was being told by the media (which had never seen the film) was not what he had been told by the Producer (who has definitely seen the film).

In short, the media was willingly duped and the scientists were hoaxed, some more, some less willingly.

Bottom line: nobody bothered to call me first, and this should be kept very firmly in mind as I prepare to launch my pre-release campaign for what is now probably the most important film of the year, since what is at stake is the right to question the Scientific High Priesthood.

Hope this helps.

Requiem For A Media Hoax:

Friday, May 30, 2014

YouTube Link Now UP- "The Principle Under Attack"- Requiem for a Media Hoax

All audio restored, fully complete.

The day the "Captain Janeway and the Seven Cosmologists" Media Hoax ran smack dab into the facts.


This will continue to become a much, much bigger story throughout the summer, as "The Principle" approaches its theatrical premiere.

Sign up to help spread the word!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Requiem for a Media Hoax

Thanks to Michael Voris and crew for allowing us to provide the remedy for a truly ugly, truly anti-intellectual freedom, truly chilling example of a media hoax.

Now that the clips, the release forms, and the facts are in view, mark your calendars.

"The Principle" premieres October 24.

Buckle up.

There are some ideas so powerful that they can burn heretics, overturn civilizations, and turn our world view upside down.

"The Principle" is one of them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

IMPORTANT NEWS: Link to "The Principle Under Attack", Airing Live Wednesday May 28 at 8pm Eastern!

Among other treats, we will be providing a world exclusive- a direct, on camera copy of the release forms signed by Lawrence Krauss and Julian Barbour (the only two interviewees, thus far, to have explicitly raised the idea that they never gave permission to be interviewed).

This alone is a national news event, since Time, NPR, Slate, HuffPo, Popular Science, and hundreds of other news outlets have run stories suggesting these releases do not exist ;-)

We will also be providing unforgettable clips from the raw footage of the interviews which will completely debunk any claim that the scientists did not know what the film was about, that Kate Mulgrew was misinformed about the subject of the movie, and……..

Best of all, we will provide an on camera look at the single tweet which launched this whole media hoax…and will identify who was behind it!

(HINT- It Ain't The Jews!)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Who Got Duped?

Now a month has gone by since the media told you, and the participants, all about "The Principle", a film none of them has ever seen.

The Producer has factually informed you (as well as the media, put onto this hysterical hoax by a bitter personal enemy of the Executive Producer who has, of course, never seen the film in the first place) that:

1. Every participant signed a valid and enforceable release.

2. The interviews are in the Producer's possession in both raw footage form and full transcripts

3. No selective editing can be even suggested, since those making the suggestion admit they have never seen the film

Now a month later, how many lawsuits have been filed?

The scientifically inclined will be completely unsurprised to notice that the number is zero.

Somebody got duped all right.

The media.

I will show you exactly how on May 28:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"The Principle" Has A Major Announcement To Make!

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 8pm Eastern, on Michael Voris' "Mic'd Up" show streaming worldwide on ChurchMilitant TV,  the Executive Producer and Producer of "The Principle" will officially announce our release date and additional particulars concerning our upcoming theatrical distribution!

Heads up!- we will also be addressing in delicious and hilarious detail the various claims which have been advanced concerning our alleged preternatural powers to hypnotize the smartest guys in the world into interviews so we could cleverly edit them into saying they are all geocentrists, and to somehow manage to have Captain Janeway read the entire script of the film into the microphone without ever having understood what the film was about.

Also, we will address just who might have…you know…sort of "pushed the button" on this comical media narrative, which spread throughout the internet in twenty four short hours.

Who was behind this amazing example of media buffoonery?

(HINT: It Ain't The Jews!)






Tally-ho and away we go!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Three Cheers for Two Students

The importance of, and hysterical resistance to, "The Principle" continues to be demonstrated.
The previous two times I screened "The Principle" you couldn't find room inside to sit down.
Given the massive, worldwide media assault, I expected similar circumstances at our U of A screening.
Instead, when we arrived, there were a paltry 25 people or so.
Turns out, as I was informed by students at the screening, that the faculty- specifically, certain Teaching Assistants on the astronomy faculty- had spent the previous few days demanding that students not attend the screening, repeating the hysterical "Scientists and Captain Janeway Hypnotized Into Film None Of Them Have Any Idea What They Said Or Read From The Script" media narrative, which will, as the film nears release, become one of the most richly comical sources of amusement in a long time 
Now it is very easy to see how wrong this is.
These folks are, allegedly and according to all appearances, scientists and teachers.
But scientists are trained to observe before they reach conclusions.
Teachers of science are, it is devoutly to be wished, paid to teach students to observe before reaching conclusions.
In the case of the University of Arizona, we see that at least some of the astronomy faculty are, as a practical matter, where the rubber meets the road, profoundly committed to the exact opposite of the scientific method, and are quite prepared to enforce this perversion of scientific methodology directly on their students.
But this approach is intrinsically and certainly doomed.
As I was leaving to return to Los Angeles, two of the attendees stopped me on my way out of the parking garage.
They told me they were members of the Student Events group at UA, and they were both very surprised to have seen how balanced "The Principle" was, in direct contradiction to what the media and the faculty at UA had said (without having bothered to see it first).
They invited us back for another screening, one for which they assured me they would do everything in their power to see to it that the actual *film* was described, rather than the hysterical fictions of a terrified establishment, which is apparently determined to do its utmost to keep you from the astonishing new scientific evidence which shows, as Lawrence Krauss has said, that Copernicus may in fact be "coming back to haunt us".
"The Principle" is the one film you absolutely MUST see this year.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Statement of The Producer Of "The Principle"

It is, in a way, quite an honor to have this little independent science film suddenly subjected to a concerted internet assault, even though most of the information about "The Principle" is based solely on presumptions and innuendoes.  

I am not surprised at the opposition, since it has been one of the important missions of “The Principle” to point out that some ideas are powerful enough to burn heretics, to overthrow civilizations, and to turn our world view upside down.

The Copernican Principle is certainly one of those ideas, and the reaction to our treatment of it indicates that this idea has lost none of its power over the last four centuries. Indeed, as Lawrence Krauss has stated, we could be living at a time when Copernicus is "coming back to haunt us"!

When my partner Robert Sungenis asked me to produce “The Principle”, we agreed that the controversy surrounding this question was such that only a fair, balanced, and comprehensive treatment would do. It was our intention to seek out leading cosmologists who had, in their writings and papers, addressed this Copernican Principle, as well as the recent unexpected evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, aligned with our supposedly “insignificant” Earth, and to ask some candid questions about the impact of these discoveries on “established” science.

It certainly appears we have shaken up the status quo, and our film has not even been released yet!

Indeed, the real takeaway from the massive media assault on this comparatively tiny little independent film, at this point, has to be, “What are they so afraid of?”

Some facts:

“The Principle”, as the title indicates, is not about geocentrism per se, but is instead an in-depth cinematic examination of the Copernican Principle itself- in its historical, cultural, religious, and remarkably unexpected modern observational aspects.

We include historical facts concerning the ancient, geocentric cosmology, the Copernican revolution, Newton’s seemingly conclusive establishment of the heliocentric model of reality......

But we also include the factual information that some of our scientific mainstream opinion-makers apparently are quite uncomfortable having you hear about- for example, Einstein’s frank admission that no optical experiment ever would, or even could, in his opinion, measure any motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun, or the recent, shocking large scale observations which have suggested presently-inexplicable, Earth-oriented structure on the cosmos’ largest observable scales.

On this latter point, I want to emphasize that “The Principle” is in possession of signed release forms from all of its contributors, most certainly including Lawrence Krauss. 

Any suggestion to the contrary is simply a falsehood.

These releases include explicit notification of our intention to explore controversial aspects of cosmology, even highly controversial ideas and theories.

Lawrence says he has no idea how he ended up in our film. 

I can tell him how he ended up in our film.

He signed a release form, and cashed a check.

I have both.

He sat for an interview of about five hours’ length.

I have the footage.

And the transcripts.

Lawrence Krauss is on record concerning the implications of some of the astonishing new cosmological observations of the cosmic background (CMB), observations with profoundly non-Copernican implications.

We researched these statements, and interviewed him, and others, about them.

I would hope that at some point, relatively soon in this process, some reporters would do some of the same research, and establish for themselves that Krauss has personally affirmed that these observations could mean that we are the center of the universe.

Yes, folks.

He has said exactly that.

Please check.

Our film is certainly dangerous- dangerous enough to have elicited this astonishingly well-executed assault from individuals who have done absolutely no research on what "The Principle" is about.

It is also dangerous, because once you view the film, you are going to see that these  misrepresentations regarding "The Principle" are profound, and ought to be retracted.

I won’t hold my breath in this regard, but I promise you, our film is the ONE FILM you absolutely MUST see this year, if only to find out why so much effort has been lavished to prevent you from knowing what it is about in the first place.

A last word to the wonderful actress Kate Mulgrew.

Kate, I am sorry you were forced to this unfortunate repudiation of your fine work on our film.

We artists have, from time to time, got to be willing to take even the most excruciating heat in order to preserve the rights of filmmakers, for example, to challenge even the most entrenched and established ideas.

Otherwise, it would seem we really have come full circle, wouldn’t it?

“Cosmos” talks about Bruno being burned at the stake for challenging the medieval cosmology; have we reached the point where we are no longer allowed to examine the evidence which suggests science could be wrong about something as basic as the Copernican Principle?

Even worse- have we reached the point where we are no longer even allowed to ask the question?

“The Principle” is the one film you absolutely MUST see this year.

Rick DeLano
Producer, "The Principle"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Good Morning, Dr. Krauss…..

@LKrauss1 Is Lawrence Krauss really claiming he never gave permission to be filmed for our cosmology doc? HA! This is going to be fun...

Monday, April 7, 2014

UPDATE: More Evidence That "The Principle" Is, Indeed, The One Movie You Absolutely MUST See This Year

What in the world are these people so afraid of, you might legitimately wonder?

What is it about our dynamite little indie science film that has the powers shaking and trembling so much that they are reduced to drearily predictable efforts to make "The Principle", somehow, about the Jews?

I keep telling you.

The Copernican Principle is the most powerful idea in the modern world; in fact the modern world is brought into existence by this idea.

The very last thing that some folks want, is for you to actually see the shocking, profoundly unexpected (from within Copernican Principle assumptions) evidence of Earth-oriented structure on the very largest scales of the observable cosmos.

But "The Principle" has that evidence.

And, by the way, Lawrence Krauss still has not answered the question.

Stay tuned from here on in, because this story is about to get very, very much bigger than probably anyone would have been prepared to believe.

Now, I expect, some of those who have been following this film are beginning to get a sense that I have not been exaggerating the importance, and the uniquely daring nature, of our film.

PS: Pay very close attention in the coming days. So far only Krauss has decided to try and discredit a film he has never seen (and the link above will tell you my best guess as to why).

Everyone else involved has, so far, retained a decent consideration for the idea that one ought to see a film, before one dismisses it (or embraces it, for that matter).

I promise you, at the end of the day, "The Principle" will stand and speak for itself, and I would advise those who might be tempted to follow Krauss to bear in mind that it will speak very powerfully.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"The Principle" Update

Many of you are wondering when the heck we are going to release "The Principle".

I share this response to an inquiry on another forum, in order to update the matter:

Our film is presently being prepared for a theatrical release in the United States. Due to the challenging nature of the scientific content, and the drastically controversial nature of our film, the risks associated with such a high-profile and highly expensive theatrical release are, understandably, enough to give pause to the financiers upon whom this release presently depends. Pray for them. We are very, very close to securing the necessary financial commitments, and I give you my word that we will do everything possible to secure them. I tell you, as a matter of my personal conviction, that we will receive them, and that very soon. A United States theatrical release having been obtained, a release in the UK- at least via DVD and VOD/internet download, is virtually assured, and, given success in the US theatrical market, even a UK theatrical release is within the realm of possibility. Thanks for your interest!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Smoking Gun?

In light of the monumental publicity afforded the B wave polarization reported by the BICEP team yesterday, I reproduce a quick and provisional response from a questioner on another forum:

What they saw was a particular polarization in the CMB, called B-mode polarization. This has been predicted for some time as a "smoking gun" evidence for inflation, although anyone who understands the nature of scientific discovery knows that all such claims are ridiculous on their face (remember how the Foucault pendulum was considered "smoking gun" evidence for a rotation of the Earth- it of course was no such thing). This paper, for example, sets forth at least half a dozen alternate causes for B mode polarization, beside inflation, and that certain types of B Mode observations (slight blue shifts, for example) would *falsify* inflation.

As far as our film is concerned, this really has nothing to do with the basic problem facing consensus cosmology. Let us say they indeed have their proof of inflation- it must have been a very strange inflation, since it left a special direction imprinted on the cosmos.

But wait. There's more. 

It is not just any special direction. This special direction happens to be aligned with the equator and equinoxes of the only location in the entire universe which we *know* has observers with telescopes capable of seeing and understanding this special direction. 

Inflation is supposed to utterly erase any special direction or location in the cosmos. 

The problems are not in any way solved by this experiment, no matter how brilliant a technological achievement it appears to have been. If anything, they raise the stakes even higher. WHY is the largest structure in the observable cosmos universe ALIGNED with US, if inflation occurred, and allegedly left a flat, smooth, isotropic and homogeneous space time?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Beautiful Affirmation Of the Importance of the Question Which Lies at the Heart of "The Principle"

The conversation seems to be expanding, as it often does when a given world view has reached the end of its rope, and the sense of an ending, of a dead end, suffuses a civilization.

"Cosmos" is the swan song of a dying and collapsing Scientism.

"The Principle" is the opening aria of that which will, of necessity, replace it.

This issue is not limited to the scientific front.

“You will sometimes hear people say that they have no metaphysics. Well, they are lying. Their metaphysics are implicit in what they take for granted about the world. Only they prefer to call it ‘common sense.’” Much of the burden of that little book, and indeed of most of what Barfield wrote, was to point out, and then call into question, what he considered the assumptions of the scientific view—to point out and then call into question, that is to say, its metaphysics, which for him formed the “subliminal boundaries of the contemporary mindscape.”

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wolfgang Smith Shows Why It All Comes Down To The Copernican Principle

The most amazing essay I have read this year comes from Wolfgang Smith.


" turns out, philosophically speaking, that the physical stands to the corporeal as potency to act. The physical proves thus to be a sub-corporeal domain,24 which is to say that measurement entails an ontological transition: a passage from potency to act."


"This too Hawking explains: “We shall, following Bondi, call this assumption the Copernican  principle,”  he goes on to say. Here we have it: what stands at issue, once again, is a repudiation of “geocentrism” in the wide sense of a cosmic architecture  reflective of intelligence-of intelligent design, that is-and thus of an intelligent or “personal” Creator.

Think of it: here Hawking himself is telling us that this repudiation or denial of design on a cosmic scale is not in fact a scientific discovery-a reasoned conclusion based upon observable facts-but constitutes “an admixture of ideology”!

Highly recommended!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How A Heliocentrist Views "The Principle"

In a world of rational thinkers, this would be the kind of response which would characterize the discussion.

In the bubble world of the Self Appointed Ecclesiastical KGB Posse, it is entirely absent.

"The Principle" is every bit as dangerous to the Posse as they desperately want to persuade you it is.

They are right.

The evidence is astonishing, and rapidly mounting, that the Copernican Principle- the foundational metaphysical assumption about reality which lies at the foundation of our modern scientific world view- is wrong.

It does not adequately express the reality we observe around us.

Does this, in itself, prove geocentrism is true?


It does not.

It does, however, establish that the ancient Catholic cosmology is, in important ways, a more truthful representation of reality, of the way things really are, than is the current Big Bang scientific creation myth.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Challenge To Mark Shea During His Unfortunate Meltdown

Mark Shea is begging Rome to come after "The Principle". This is an excellent insight as to why Mark Shea is so much more stupid than the very worst Roman, that his readers ought to stop and consider that the very worst Roman is smart enough to see that Mark Shea is a crackpot in full meltdown. Poor guy.

It is true, of course, that were any Roman foolish enough to take Mark Shea's advice……..then the thoughts of many hearts would be revealed. But no Roman is that stupid.

Are they….?

"The Principle" will gladly, rejoicingly, submit to any canonical process of the Holy Catholic Church.

Mark Shea.

Put up or shut up.

File a canonical lawsuit against "The Principle".

If you do not, then you are exposed as a blustering blowhard.

Tick tock, Mark.

Would someone who has not been banned by Mark please post this on his blog?

Let's get it on.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"The Principle" Has Some Great News……..

To the (no doubt) grave consternation of the Posse, "The Principle" is in receipt of an offer for US theatrical distribution.

Our distribution partners are seasoned veterans, who have been through the kinds of wars that powerful, controversial, and important documentary films such as "The Principle" can always expect to stir up.

Details will be announced shortly, here and on our Facebook page.

Oh, and by the way……

Karl Keating, you've got mail.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Karl Keating: Liar, Defamer, Slanderer---- The First Shoe Drops

Mr. Keating defames, and libels the Producers of "The Principle" on his Facebook page:

"BUT, there remains the issue of anti-Semitism. 

I presume not a hint of anti-Semitism appears in "The Principle," but it does appear in the C.V. of the producer, and that may be enough to get local groups complaining to theaters that might otherwise be willing to show the movie on the basis mentioned above. "

Mr. Keating, we have patiently awaited the moment when you and/or your Posse would cross the line.

Buckle up.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thoughtcrime: Is "The Principle" Too Dangerous To Be Allowed A Public Release?

The initial marketing test of "The Principle" is concluded.

Beginning December 9, and concluding this day, over 200,000 unique visitors have encountered "The Principle" through its Facebook page, temporary website, or YouTube trailer.

Including Michael Voris' "Vortex" and "Mic'd Up", we have accumulated over 75,000 trailer views.

Almost 12,000 people have "liked" our Facebook page.

Our analytics for engagement are nothing short of incredible.

In short, it is quite clear that "The Principle" has been able to generate objective evidence of an unusually high degree of interest for an independent film, especially a science-themed film, on what amounts to a minuscule marketing budget.

Our thanks go first of all to the incredible campaign engineered and executed by our team.

Our thanks second of all go to all of those who responded to our outreach.

Our thanks third of all go to the Self-Appointed Ecclesiastical KGB Posse.

It is quite clear that our film threatens some people far more than would seem reasonably possible.

These people are determined to do whatever they must to ensure you never get a chance to see it.

I think they are going to fail, and in fact they have already seen their efforts backfire memorably, as "The Principle" simply continues to be not only the most interesting science doc, but the most interesting story in, for now, the Catholic blogosphere, and soon, perhaps, everywhere else.

There are some ideas that are so dangerous, so threatening, that it amounts to a Thoughtcrime to propose them.

We just might have one of those ideas at the heart of our film.

Keep that in mind as the story enters its next, much bigger, even yet much more controversial, stage.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On the Retirement of "The Pastry Pontiff"

Reader Hugh Beaumont writes: 

It really is not kosher
To engage in this kibbitz
He'd rather your ad hominems
Were ad hominy grits.

I reply:
Yes, "Pastry" is ad hominem.
It's true.
You're right.

Henceforth, the "Pastry Pontiff"
shall remain
just plain
"Mark Shea"

Mark Shea Huffs And Puffs

Needless to say, Mark Shea wishes very much that he could somehow find a single frame in "The Principle" about the Jews.

We continue to watch his machinations with a prudent eye, and will be particularly interested to notice any sudden expression of interest in cosmology on the part of B'nai B'rith!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Concerning the Financing of "The Principle", And Other Matters…...

Many of our less-friendly objectors have made inquiries as to the financial aspects of our project.

I would never wish to preempt what promises to be an entertaining- even comedic!- quest on their part. ;-)

However, in a spirit of giving as good as we get, I reply:

There is a Pastry Pontiff,
I'm sure you know his name.

He rattles cups and rattles nerves
and genr'ly fans the flame

Of his great Inquisition
into a dang'rous bunch

The film they made cost almost
half enough to buy him lunch.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Public Challenge To Dave Armstrong Re: "The Principle"

UPDATE: Dave has declined.

Gee, who could have possibly seen *that* one coming?

Dave Armstrong has exposed my pathetic ignorance.

I am so ashamed.

I hang my head in abject shame, to have been so deftly exposed by a man whose own credentials are, we must certainly assume, impeccable.

Mr. Armstrong: While it is clear that you shall certainly wipe the floor, as one of your commenters has suggested, with such a woefully inadequate opponent as my unworthy self, I nonetheless hereby issue a public challenge to you:

I will debate you, at our expense, in a public format, on a resolution to be agreed upon in advance, which resolution might include any among the following:

1. RESOLVED that science documentaries ought to be only produced by scientists, or those with scientific credentials (which ones)?

2. RESOLVED that "The Principle" is a film which ought not be taken seriously, due to the lack of scientific credentials of its Producer

3. RESOLVED, that Catholic apologists ought not throw stones when they live in glass houses

Other resolutions are possible, and ought to be considered by us mutually.

Please get back to me, Dave.

This would be fun, even though you will doubtless find me easy pickings……

Monday, January 6, 2014

Viewing Link for :"The Principle" On "Mic'd Up", Wednesday January 8, 8pm Eastern


Discovery Institute on The Copernican Principle and the Multiverse

h/t once again to Velika Bluna….

One of the interesting ideas expressed in "The Principle" is that the multiverse is seen (by one its leading proponents) as the extension of the Copernican Principle to its logical conclusion.

Discovery Institute's Denyse O'Leary follows the multiverse to its logical conclusion.

"Logic and reason are likewise irrelevant. Consider the multiverse claim that there are "infinite copies of you and your loved ones leading lives, up until this moment, that are absolutely identical to yours." Mathematician George F. R. Ellis notes that, if so, the deep mysteries of nature are too absurd to be explicable and that the proposed nine types of multiverse in one scheme are "mutually exclusive." True, but in a multiverse, "inexplicable" is okay. "Absurd" and "mutually exclusive" are meaningless concepts. It is equally meaningless to assert that one event is more probable than another. As David Berlinski puts it, "Why is Newton's universal law of gravitation true? No need to ask. In another universe, it is not"(Devil's Delusion, p. 124).
You can, of course, make reason and logic your personal brand of nonsense if you wish. In that case, statements like this will annoy you: Earth's habitability rating has "taken a hit" because it is too close to "the warm edge" of our zone. Earth's habitability has a probability of 1, so how can its rating take a hit? Berlinski would likely say, no need to ask. In another universe it has not."

"A question arises: If, in the multiverse (especially the many worlds version) everything possible is true, why do cosmologists trash traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs? Because there is a critical catch: Anything may be true, including contradictory states, except serious dissent from the Copernican principle--the principle that Earth and our universe are nothing special. Physicist Rob Sheldon sums it up:
'Multiverse theory is designed for one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is to defend atheism. It makes no predictions, it gives no insight, it provides no control, it produces no technology, it advances no mathematics, it is a science in name only, because it is really metaphysics.'"

Some of these ideas are also addressed in previous posts here at Magisterial Fundies:

It is time for a serious examination of this Copernican Principle; what is it, how did we accept it, what are its ultimate consequences for our science, our faith, our culture, our future?

"The Principle" is coming.

The timing couldn't have been better.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lawrence Krauss Goes Silent On Twitter, Won't Answer the Question......

See here for Part One.

Well, on strictly empirical grounds, we have a situation where Lawrence Krauss has alleged "The Principle" to be nonsense.

On examination, it turns out he has never seen it; he advances this on the basis of a trailer.

On further examination, he advances this on the basis that he was "used to sell something he does not believe in".

I think we can reasonably, if provisionally, conclude he is referring to the views of others in the film, particularly concerning the existence of God, with which views Dr. Krauss manifestly does not agree.

Obviously, I could give a hoot whether he is offended that we would include other viewpoints.

He doesn't get to edit our film, just interview for it.

There is another, more interesting possibility however, and were I a betting man, I should not neglect to keep this one in mind as the story develops.

Dr. Krauss is on public record concerning the implications of the CMB Axis.

We, probably alone among all documentary projects, actually interviewed him concerning these statements.

He perhaps might recall his answers, and, in light of Planck's results, find himself in a position not unlike that of a politician who, unable to retrieve the footage, is left with the option of attempting to discredit the source.

We'll see ;-)

One of the good things about "The Principle" is that we retain 35 hours of unedited raw footage of all of the interviews, and transcripts, and we are very prepared to respond to any and all allegations of impropriety or selective editing.

Boy howdy are we prepared.

I keep telling people: "The Principle" is the one movie you absolutely must see THIS year!