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Branch reviews Why Science Does Not Disprove God

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch reviewed Amir D. Aczel's Why Science Does Not Disprove God (William Morrow, 2014) for eSkeptic (April 22, 2015).

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Creationism revealed in Louisiana schools

Writing in Slate (April 21, 2015), Zack Kopplin reports, "I have evidence that religion, not science, is what's being taught systematically in some Louisiana school systems. I have obtained emails from creationist teachers and school administrators, as well as a letter signed by more than 20 current and former Louisiana science teachers in Ouachita Parish in which they say they challenge evolution in the classroom without legal 'tension or fear' because of pro-creationism policies."

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Comings and goings at NCSE

NCSE is pleased to announce that Emily Schoerning has joined the NCSE staff as Director of Community Organizing and Research.

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Repeal effort revived again in Louisiana

Senate Bill 74 (PDF), dubbed the "Intelligent Outcomes Wanted Act," would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008.

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Reaction to West Virginia's new science standards

"Some groups that denounced now-rejected changes to West Virginia’s upcoming K-12 science standards regarding global warming are disappointed in new modifications but view them as less harmful than the previous version," according to the Charleston Gazette (April 11, 2015).

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NCSE's latest in Evolution: Education and Outreach

"Wading into the Undeniable" (PDF), by NCSE's Stephanie Keep, Ann Reid, and Glenn Branch, was just published in Evolution: Education and Outreach.

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Climate Education Week, April 18-25, 2015

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-04-11 23:44
NCSE tells us, April 18-25, 2015, is the inaugural Climate Education Week, sponsored by Earth Day Network. To celebrate, the Climate Education Week website is providing K-12 educators with the Climate Education Toolkit – “a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with everything you need. The Toolkit includes a week’s worth of lesson plans, activities, and contests for K-12 students that meet Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. Each day covers a different theme related to... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Open Message to Congress on Net Neutrality

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Thu, 2015-01-22 16:31
I get email. One of the email messages I got yesterday was from Battle for the Net, a group advocating strong net neutrality rules enforced by the FCC under Title II. In the House of Congress, there is a move by Reps. Thune and Upton to propose and pass legislation that claims to establish “net […]
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The Origin of Life

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 31, 2006:A discussion of the main models on the spontaneous origin of life that aims to show how cellular complexity could have gradually emerged from simple systems - in contrast to the sudden appearance of complexity that creationists claim to have been necessary at the beginning of life. Central issues like the composition of the early atmosphere of the Earth and the origin of the homochirality of amino acids and sugars are reviewed as well.
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September 2006 Feedback

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 22, 2006:
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The Discovery Institute Quote Mines Stephen Jay Gould

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added October 9, 2006: The newest addition to the Quote Mine Project shows how Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute misrepresents what Gould and others wrote in a brief for Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.
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Awards, Honors, and Favorable Notices for The Talk.Origins Archive

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Updated October 9, 2006: Honors won by the TalkOrigins Archive.
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The Discovery Institute Quote Mines Judge Jones

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added September 28, 2006: The Discovery Institute selectively quotes Judge Jones' decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District in aid of its "bait and switch" claim of scientific evidence in support of intelligent design.
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Macroevolution

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Updated September 16, 2006: In evolutionary biology today macroevolution is used to refer to any evolutionary change at or above the level of species. It means the splitting of a species into two or the change of a species over time into another. This FAQ has been expanded, updated, illustrated, and rewritten.
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Hendren v. Campbell: Decision Against a Creationist Textbook

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added August 20, 2006: A 1977 decision of an Indiana superior court ruling against a textbook produced by the Creation Research Society. In some respects this case resembles a young-earth creationist version of the 2005 Kitzmiller case. Introductory material, links, as well as the full text of the judge's memorandum opinion are provided.
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Young-Earth Creationist Helium Diffusion "Dates": Fallacies Based on Bad Assumptions and Questionable Data

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Updated July 25, 2006: Young-Earth creationists consider the helium diffusion studies of D. Russell Humphreys and others to be one of their greatest achievements in arguing for a 6,000 year old Earth. A geologist shows that these studies are extensively flawed and include: serious miscalculations in their data, sampling the wrong rock type, failing to eliminate possible contamination, using equations that are based on invalid assumptions and relying on questionable data. Appendices C and D have been added in response to Dr. Humphreys' most recent statements in his January 2006 "Trueorigins" essay.
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June 2006 Post of the Month: How Species Originate

TalkOrigins Archive - Tue, 2015-01-13 00:46
Added July 25, 2006:
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