And the 1st of August is his birthday. I will list some of his real biological achievements below the fold, and dispell some myths. We've discussed this every year, so I will keep this short. Suffice it to say that the inscription on his statue in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris declares that he was the "Fondateur de la doctrine de l'évolution", and there is a good argument that he really was....
Rob Asher of the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology has an interesting post up at HuffPo on “Did Arabic Scholars Discover Evolution in the Ninth Century?” Here’s the beginning: One thousand years ago, when the United States of America did not exist and Oxford and Cambridge were backwaters of ignorance, the light of human reason shone brightly in places like Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad. During the Abbasid caliphate for much of the 8th through...
Curious article Is scientific research flawed? on the AIG website. The author, Callie Joubert, is identified only by name and has no bio. The article correctly enumerates some of the problems with science, particularly medicine, and blames conflict of interest, competition, and so on – the usual suspects. The author also notes two papers in physics, the Bicep2 experiment in Antarctica and the “superluminal neutrinos at the Swiss-Italian border.” Both papers apparently had drawn erroneous...
Here are the finalists of the 2016 photography contest. We received 38 photographs from 14 photographers. We had considerable difficulty choosing a half-dozen finalists – most of the pictures were excellent, as you will no doubt see during the coming months. We finally enlisted our wife to help with the choices, which are displayed below the proverbial fold. Unfortunately, the submissions did not lend themselves to being divided into categories, so we present one general...
One thing I’ve loved about living in Australia this past year is how much more generally pro-science the culture seems to be (PT blogmeister Reed Cartwright was just in Canberra to visit collaborators, but sadly he forgot Prof. Steve Steve). We have the annual Australian National Science Week coming up next month – can you even imagine having a National Science Week in the United States? Another thing I’ve loved is how there seem to...
… and Ark Park responds predictably. More specifically, the Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a “warning” to more than 1000 school districts in Kentucky and neighboring states, advising them against field trips to the Ark Park. The Ark Park, says FFRF, is a Christian ministry (as opposed to an educational museum), and they quote Ken Ham as having penned a letter, “Our Real Motive for Building Ark Encounter,” in which he writes: Our motive is...
NCSE bids farewell to Minda Berbeco, who joined NCSE as a Programs and Policy Director in 2012 to work on its climate change education initiative.
The conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly died on September 5, 2016, at the age of 92, according to The New York Times (September 5, 2016).
NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line.
Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are now available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From June 29 to July 7, 2017, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run.
Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical patent scavenger, did an interview with CBS and defended Mylan Corp’s inflated pricing of their EpiPen product. “This particular drug is a necessity for some people,” Nair said. “Yeah sure, that’s great – but I think important medicine should be expensive because they’re valuable,” said Martin Shkreli. The former pharmaceutical chief gained… Read More »
Francisco J. Ayala
At a recent meeting of NCSE's board of directors, Francisco J. Ayala was elected as president, replacing Brian Alters, whose term on the board expired.
NCSE is pleased to congratulate David Amidon for receiving a Presidential Award for Environmental Educators for 2016, presented by the Environmental Protection Agency.
At the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) held June 18-25, 2016, the assembly voted to adopt a proposed "Affirmation of Creation."
According to the affirmation, scientific inquiry provides "descriptions and ever more profound understandings" of God's creation.
A colleague of mine called me this evening to recount a disturbing incident at the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life conference recently held in Dublin, Ireland. A high-profile researcher there apparently asserted that bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) only have a single sound source, specifically calling out research I was part of as having been… Read More »
The Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture has a post celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first closed, ID-only conference, which led to the book, “Mere Creation”. They spend a chunk of the article saying how they have deployed rhetoric to get things done, another chunk complaining that people actually disagreed… Read More »
Amazon has a sale going for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 14-42mm kit lens at $400. This is about $300 less than usual pricing. My friend Elke has one of these, and essentially it provides the usual excellent Olympus imaging experience with a slightly different approach to an interface than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 I… Read More »
NCSE's Josh Rosenau contributed a column, under the headline "School field trips to creationist Ark? Sink that idea right now," to New Scientist (August 5, 2016).
According to the latest National Surveys on Energy Environment, a twice-yearly survey conducted by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, "Just 15% of Americans say that there is no solid evidence that the Earth is warming, down from 24% a year ago, and the lowest in the NSEE's history."