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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 16 2003,15:57   

Evolution theory bonds scientists named Steve

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That makes four Steves who support evolution, and there are apparently 221 other scientists who agree -- all of them named Steve.

With tongue firmly in cheek, the Oakland-based National Center for Science Education trotted out the long list of evolution-minded Steves today at the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver.  

The so-called Project Steve takes satirical aim at creationists who use similar lists of scientists to lend credence to their belief in a theistic model of creation, which does include a common ancestry.

"Creationists are fond of amassing lists of Ph.D.s who deny evolution to try to give the false impression that evolution is somehow on the verge of being rejected by the scientific community," said Eugenia Scott, executive director of the Oakland-based center. "Nothing could be further from the truth."


See the National Center for Science Education's
Project Steve page.

Wesley

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 17 2003,07:39   

Bringing in the Steves

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The National Center for Science Education (NCSE), an Oakland, California-based nonprofit organization affiliated with AAAS, issued a 90-word statement firmly supporting evolution education and asserting that "there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred" within the scientific community. The mini-manifesto was signed by 220 scientists. And in a clear case of intelligent design, every one of them is named Steve.

The list, which includes Steves, Stevens, Stephens, Stefans and Stephanies, is in part homage to the late Stephen Jay Gould. And as Steves make up about one percent of the US population according to the Census Bureau, the assumption is that the 220 signatories represent about one percent of the 22,000 scientists who would endorse the new statement.


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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 17 2003,13:50   

'Steves' support teaching of evolution

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Yesterday's statement aimed to make fun of the anti-Darwin manifestos that were signed and circulated in the past few years, its organizers said.
    "Of course science isn't decided by manifesto; this statement pokes fun at such efforts," said Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg.
    He said the validity of evolution is seen in scientific papers.
    The statement, signed by 220 Steves, includes two Nobel prize winners and eight members of the National Academy of Sciences.


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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 18 2003,08:35   

Stephens and Stephanies support teaching of science

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Dr. Stephen B. Malcolm, an associate professor of biological sciences at Western Michigan University, is one of more than 200 scientists named Steve to sign a national resolution supporting the theory of evolution as a "vital, well-supported, unifying principal of the biological sciences."

Malcolm joined 224 other Steves and Stephanies to sign the statement issued Feb. 16 in Denver at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Signatories backed evolution instruction in public schools. The tongue-in-cheek initiative was designed both as a tribute to the late Harvard evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould and a spoof of anti-evolution manifestos that incorporate lists of names of scientists as evidence that evolution is falling into disfavor in the scientific community.



Scientists spread the word on evils of pseudoscience

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Scientists must be the evangelists against the well-financed effort to undermine science education, especially evolution, a physics professor said Monday.

Scientists have become society's bad guys, as portrayed in the television series The X-Files where the truth is out there and don't trust anyone, said Lawrence Krauss, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

Krauss, speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said religious dogma and pseudoscientific nonsense have marginalized science at the highest levels of government and the schools.


Edited by Wesley R. Elsberry on Feb. 18 2003,08:37

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 18 2003,11:06   

Project Steve of scientists targets creationists for serious humor

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Nobel Prize winner and Stanford University physicist Steven Chu believes we all came from the same ancestor that stepped out of the primordial ooze a few billion years ago.

All of us. Poodles and people. Wasps and wombats.

Steve Beckendorf, a University of California, Berkeley genetics professor, supports that theory too.

As does UC Berkeley environmental scientist Steve Beissinger and applied physics professor Steven Block.

That makes four Steves who support evolution and there are apparently 221 other scientists who agree -- all of them named Steve.


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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 18 2003,23:13   

Scientists Lampoon Creation Science

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Yet, one biologist who did not sign the statement Stephen C. Lawler said the "Steves" on this list are bowing to peer pressure.

"Over the years, you have a choice to make as a scientist if you're going to fess up to reality, or if your going to desire to hold on to your career, your lifestyle, etcetera," Lawler said.


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VoxRat



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 19 2003,15:32   

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Yet, one biologist who did not sign the statement Stephen C. Lawler said the "Steves" on this list are bowing to peer pressure.

"Over the years, you have a choice to make as a scientist if you're going to fess up to reality, or if your going to desire to hold on to your career, your lifestyle, etcetera," Lawler said.


Should we expect to see the careers of non-signing Steves go down in flames? :0

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 19 2003,17:14   

"Marine Biologist-Filmmaker Stephen Lawler will present the Bigger Picture Foundation's most popular 'discovery event' - a spectacular and insightful 8-hour live animated multimedia seminar, "ORIGINS: The Bigger Picture" at a local church in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Scrapping the Barrel

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