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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/08/21
Submitted by Peter Burns on Fri, 2009-08-21 15:14. National Center for Science Education
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, The Geological Society of America reiterates its support for teaching evolution, and new selected content from RNCSE is now available.
GSA OFFERS ITS VOICE FOR EVOLUTION AGAIN The Geological Society of America reiterated its support for teaching evolution and deep time, and its opposition to teaching creationism, in the science classroom. In a July 2009 revision of its 2001 position statement on the teaching of evolution, the GSA wrote in part: *** The Geological Society of America strongly supports teaching evolution and the directly related concept of deep time as part of science curricula. GSA opposes teaching creationism alongside evolution in any science classroom. The evolution of life on Earth stands as one of the central concepts of modern science. During the past two centuries, research in geology, paleontology, and biology has produced an increasingly detailed and consistent picture of how life on Earth has evolved. *** The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with 21,500 members in more than 90 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA seeks to enhance the professional growth of its members and promote the geosciences in the service of humankind. For the GSA's statement, visit: http://www.geosociety.org/positions/position1.htm CATCHING UP WITH RNCSE Selected content from volume 29, number 2, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website. Featured are Daryl P. Domning's "Winning Their Hearts and Minds: Who Should Speak for Evolution?" and a response from Sheldon F. Gottlieb. Additionally, NCSE's Anton Mates relates a controversy over a proposal to add creationism to the science curriculum in the public schools of Brunswick County, North Carolina. And Denis O. Lamoureux reviews Karl Giberson's Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution while Keith M. Parsons reviews James H. Fetzer's Render Unto Darwin: Philosophical Aspects of the Christian Right’s Crusade Against Science. If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The next issue (volume 29, number 4) focuses on "intelligent design" creationism: Mark Perakh discusses his book Unintelligent Design, Lawrence S. Lerner speculates on the next strategy in the offing, and Norman Sleep and Randy Moore separately consider the influence of William Paley on the "intelligent design" movement. And there are reviews, too, including John Timmer's review of Explore Evolution and Frank Steiner's review of The Cell's Design. Don't miss out -- subscribe now! For the selected content from RNCSE 29:2, visit: http://ncseweb.org/rncse/29/2 For subscription information, visit: http://ncseweb.org/membership Thanks for reading! And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- http://ncseweb.org -- where you can always find the latest news on evolution education and threats to it. -- Sincerely, Glenn Branch Deputy Director National Center for Science Education, Inc. 420 40th Street, Suite 2 Oakland, CA 94609-2509 510-601-7203 x310 fax: 510-601-7204 800-290-6006 firstname.lastname@example.org http://ncseweb.org Eugenie C. Scott's Evolution vs. Creationism -- now in its second edition! http://ncseweb.org/evc Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools http://ncseweb.org/nioc NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today! http://ncseweb.org/membership
Antievolutionists Say the Darndest Things
Antievolutionists often express outrage over alleged incivility from those who oppose their efforts to evade the establishment clause of the First Amendment. But they have no difficulty in dishing out the abuse themselves. Here is a sample from the Invidious Comparisons thread that documents egregious behavior on the part of the religious antievolution advocates.
IDC advocate Phillip E. Johnson:
Gould’s uncomfortable situation reminds me of the self-created predicament of Mikhail Gorbachev in the last years of the Soviet Empire. Gorbachev recognized that something had gone wrong with the Communist system, but thought that the system itself could be preserved if it was reformed. His democratic friends warned him that the Marxist fundamentalists would inevitably turn against him, but he was unwilling to endanger his position in the ruling elite by following his own logic to its necessary conclusion. Gould, like Gorbachev, deserves immense credit for bringing glasnost to a closed society of dogmatists. And, like Gorbachev, he lives on as a sad reminder of what happens to those who lack the nerve to make a clean break with a dying theory.Link