Бен Стейн цитаты
Дата рождения: 25. Ноябрь 1944
Другие имена:بين شتاين, بن استاین
Бен Штейн — американский юрист, писатель, журналист, актёр, режиссёр, сценарист, спичрайтер, телеведущий, педагог, политический и экономический обозреватель.
Родился в еврейской семье, его отец Герберт Штейн был советником у президента Никсона; вырос в Сильвер-Спринг, штат Мэриленд. Среднее образование получил в Монтгомери-Блэр, затем окончил Колумбийский университет, где изучал экономику, и школу права Йельского университета, получив в июле 1970 года диплом юриста. После завершения обучения работал адвокатом для бедных в Нью-Хейвене, Коннектикут, и Вашингтоне, а затем стал судебным адвокатом в Федеральной торговой комиссии.
Штейн приобрёл широкую известность в середине 1970-х годов, работая спичрайтером у президентов США Ричарда Никсона и Джеральда Форда. Впоследствии стал голливудским консультантом, с середины 1980-х начав сниматься в кино , телесериалах и рекламных роликах, в 1997 году начал вести собственное развлекательное шоу на канале Comedy Central, в 1999 году получив ещё одно. Параллельно с этим он занимался журналистикой и преподаванием: в частности, был адъюнкт-профессором Американского университета в Вашингтоне и затем Калифорнийского университета в Санта-Крусе, где преподавал теорию массовой культуры и конституционное и гражданское право соответственно. С 1990 по 1997 год в звании профессора преподавал право в юридической школе университета Пеппердина. За свою жизнь он также сотрудничал в журналах «The American Spectator», «Newsmax Magazine», «The Wall Street Journal», «New York Times», «New York Magazine», «Penthouse», «Los Angeles Magazine», «Barron's Magazine», для которых писал статьи по политическим и экономическим вопросам. Из «New York Times» был уволен в августе 2009 года, в «Newsmax Magazine» работает по сей день. Известен как сторонник научного креационизма и критик теории эволюции, а также как противник легализации абортов.
Цитаты Бен Стейн
„The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.“
— Ben Stein
As quoted in Out of the Blue: Delight Comes Into Our Lives (1996) by Mark Victor Hansen, Barbara Nichols, and Patty Hansen, p. 85
„[I did] Some [reading to prep for Expelled]. I read one book cover to cover, From Darwin to Hitler, and that was a very interesting book--one of these rare books I wish had been even longer. It's about how Darwin's theory--supposedly concocted by this mild-mannered saintly man, with a flowing white beard like Santa Claus--led to the murder of millions of innocent people.“
„When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers, talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.“
„[The] Third (problem with Darwinism), which I think is overwhelming, and just sort of blows the whole theory of Random Mutation out of the water, is, at least, let me say, raises big questions, that is. Assuming it all did happen by Random Mutation and Natural Selection, where did the laws of gravity come from. Where did the laws of thermodynamics come from? Where did the laws of motion and, of heat come from? Where, I guess that's the same as thermodynamics. Where did all these laws, that make it possible for the universe to function, where did they all come from? Why isn't all just chaos and everything collapsing in on itself and killing everything?“
„Yes, it [making Expelled] has made my belief in that [Intelligent Design] much stronger. It has pointed out something which haunted me ever since I learned about Darwinism, which is, Where did it all start? How did life start? Darwinism has nothing to say about that--nothing useful, anyway--but I think Intelligent Design has a great deal to say about it.“
„We believe that Darwinism is the real Orthodox Church, because Darwinism asks you to believe in things unseen that are incredibly unlikely. Darwinism asks us to believe that out of pure random chance, we got a cell that is as complicated as a Boeing 777. Darwinism asks us to believe that one day there was nothing but mud and ooze, and the next day there was life, and very soon after there was intelligent life. Darwinism asks us to believe that you can destroy genetic material through random mutation and natural selection and yet end up with more genetic material. We don't really ask you to believe anything that difficult; it is sort of innate in mankind to believe that there is a God, a heavenly Father and we're asking you to just follow the consequences of that and see if possibly there could be some scientific validity to that.“
„In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes? Can anyone tell me of any heads of nonprofit international economic entities who have ever been charged and convicted of violent sexual crimes? Is it likely that just by chance this hotel maid found the only one in this category?“
„Yes, [I spent] two long years, traveling all over the United States, all over Europe, interviewing many, many, many people who had been thrown out of their academic jobs because they taught that there was a possibility of life coming from something other than Darwinism, who thought that possibly random selection and mutations didn't account for the universe, didn't account for gravity, didn't account for why nobody had ever seen an individual species evolve -- no one's ever seen an individual species evolve!“
„You can only say Darwinian causes -- random mutation, natural selection -- even gravity is supposed to be done by that! And I would say to these people, well, how did life begin? We don't know, but it had to be by Darwinian means. Well, how did gravity begin? We don't know, but it had to be by Darwinian means. Why did it have to be that way? Why couldn't there have been an intelligent designer?“
„In today’s world, at least in America, an Einstein or a Newton or a Galileo would probably not be allowed to receive grants to study or to publish his research. They cannot even mention the possibility that–as Newton or Galileo believed–these laws were created by God or a higher being. They could get fired, lose tenure, have their grants cut off. This can happen. It has happened.“
„There's no evidence whatsoever that Darwin had anything useful to say or anything to say period about how life began or how the universe began or how gravity began or how physics began or fluid motion or how thermodynamics began. He had nothing to say about that whatsoever.“
— Ben Stein
On his points of making Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYL9uuqgwpw