Antiscience film, The Principle, to be in a few theaters soon

Bait and switch? Check.

Pseudoscience? Check.

Slicky packaged propaganda? Check.

Overhyped idiocy? CHECK! This film has it ALL!

In an update to our story last April where several well known personalities were finagled into participation in a film about a long discarded theory of the universe, the film is set to be released later this month.

“The Principle” Challenges Copernican Theory Beginning January 23 In Select Theaters.

Stellar Motion Pictures, LLC is bringing its highly controversial documentary feature, “The Principle,” to moviegoers in select cities beginning January 23rd. “The Principle” is the first-ever film devoted to examining and questioning a widely accepted scientific concept that has defined mankind’s place in the cosmos: The Copernican Principle.

Conventional wisdom dictates that the idea of Earth being at the center of the universe is a holdover from an ancient, superstitious age. Modern science has, for centuries, maintained that the human species is nothing special in the context of the cosmos. “The Principle” re-examines and challenges that assumption.

The film is said to explore “the question of Earth’s station in the universe and whether it could, in fact, have a unique importance.” Yes, it’s a Creationist standpoint. That is retrofitting explanations to suit your ideological agenda – exactly NOT science and decidedly unreliable. Except it makes people feel good to reinforce an discarded belief.

Americans United noted that “geocentrists’ main argument seems to be that everything has to revolve around this planet because we’re special. God wouldn’t put us, the pinnacle of his creation, in some forgotten corner of the universe!”

Lawrence Krauss called the idea “obscene nonsense” when he found out the premise behind the film.

The film is in limited release. I expect it will be a temporary “big hit” with evangelicals just as “Expelled” was a few years ago when producers pulled the same sort of bait and switch. They are seriously manufacturing “controversy” where there absolutely is none. The earth is not the center of the universe, no matter how much some wish to hang on to that absurd, selfish, religious idea. What their ploy tells us is their ideas are SO LAME that they have fool people into saying something positive because there is no other support for such a claim.

Don’t bother seeing this movie. Let it rot in the bargain bin.

  16 comments for “Antiscience film, The Principle, to be in a few theaters soon

  1. Steve
    January 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Wow. How can we be the center of the universe when we’re not even in the center of our solar system? Or is that a foolish question trying to apply logic, facts, and reasoning to a movie lacking any?

    And I was all excited this past weekend because Earth reached perihelion in it’s orbit around the Sun.

    I’ll stay with Kepler, and all the knowledge derived since.

  2. fredthechemist
    January 6, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    It is perfectly possible to write a self-consistent description of the universe with a stationary, nonrotating earth at the center – in point of fact, the world DOES revolve about me!

    We don’t do it because we then have to add “fictitious” forces to the laws of motion to cancel out the rotations and translations – making their use horribly complicated.

    We forego the former description – and sacrifice our egos – in the interests of overall simplicity. Our theories should be complicated enough to cover our observations, but no more.

  3. Mike C.
    January 6, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Next there will be a film about how the Earth is flat.

  4. John B
    January 6, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Or hollow and Navigable at the Poles.

  5. Colonel Tom
    January 6, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Although technically, given curved space and all, isn’t every location the center?

  6. S. Mollman
    January 7, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    About a year ago I got into this argument with, who I think was the guy who made this movie on the Thinking Atheist Facebook page. He has posted a trailer looking to promote his movie and me being new to the whole atheism thing jumped in. I had heard of this “docucrapary” a few days before and was intrigued by it and did some research. So I responded by calling the movie a joke full of misinformation and posted Lawrence Krauss’ twitter feed regarding that movie. We went back and forth for about an hour and I said the movie was dishonest and was quote mining Krauss and Michio Kaku using them to support the geocentrist view. Something that neither of them support. The discussion got very heated and after a while he ended up removing his post.
    I’m not sure if it was the actual guy who made the movie or one of his supporters, but the argument stands out because it was one of the first debates I was in and felt that I had won.

  7. Jeff
    January 7, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Perhaps they will show it as a double feature with Battlefield Earth?

  8. January 7, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    I’ve always wondered, since people can believe in conspiracies that contradict each other, if anyone out there believes that the Earth is flat and hollow…

  9. Tom
    January 7, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Perhaps this “documentary” could explain why, if we are the centre and meaning of the universe, some god has gone to a great deal of trouble to create overwhelming evidence that we are not?

  10. Bill T.
    January 7, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    The folks who designed the Messenger Mission and successfully got it into Mercury orbit for the last several years after a 12 year interplanetary cruise will be very surprised to learn that the phsyics they learned in university is wrong.

  11. Blargh
    January 7, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    It is perfectly possible to write a self-consistent description of the universe with a stationary, nonrotating earth at the center – in point of fact, the world DOES revolve about me!

    We don’t do it because we then have to add “fictitious” forces to the laws of motion to cancel out the rotations and translations – making their use horribly complicated.

    We can switch reference frames, yes, but that will still be a heliocentric model – albeit in a different reference frame. For an actual geocentric universe we simply have to abandon any consistent laws of motion.
    I recommend CHL’s “Testing Geocentrism” series (10 episodes so far). It’s a bit unnecessarily insulting in parts, but it’s informative and entertaining. 🙂

  12. Colonel Tom
    January 7, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Exactly, I have never understood the concept of God as the Liar. Nor of a God that would give man intellect while expecting them to suspend said intellect for some nebulous reason. The very rocks we walk upon shows a very old world, and then to be expected to suspend intellect based upon the calculation of an obscure bishop?

  13. Kevin
    January 7, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I think that may be a first – an argument won on the internet

  14. January 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Pathetic? Definitely.

    Swinish? An insult to our porcine friends

    A review?

    Nope.

    Unless, of course, we interpret it as further evidence of “The Principle” possessing the astonishing ability to induce a mutation amongst a certain segment of the population that renders them telepathic, and able to tell us all about a film they are quite up front in assuring us they, you know…..

    Haven’t seen yet.

    As to the (frankly, absurd) “Captain Janeway and the Seven Cosmologists” media fairy tale?

    http://www.theprinciplemovie.com/concise-overview-media-hoax-principle-documentary/

  15. One Eyed Jack
    January 13, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Don’t be silly. Turtles are not hollow. 😉

  16. helen
    January 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Hey, Stevo, where did you see it?

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