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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/12/25

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

The Philadelphia Inquirer publishes a column on science denial by
NCSE's Steven Newton. A new NOVA documentary on evo-devo airs on
December 29. Plus a chance to vote for NCSE -- if you're a Working
Assets/Credo Mobile customer.


NCSE's Steven Newton's op-ed "Science denial is on the rise" appeared
in the December 24, 2009, issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "From
evolution to global warming to vaccines," he wrote, "science is under
assault from denialists -- those who dismiss well-tested scientific
knowledge as merely one of many competing ideologies." Ignoring the
weight of overwhelming evidence and focusing their efforts on
spreading misinformation to the public, denialists "hope to cloak
themselves in the mantle of science without being restricted by its
requirement." But, he concluded, "Understanding science has never been
more important than it is today. ... As long scientists must squander
their time defending their work from denialism, we will fall behind on
our fundamental responsibilities."

For Newton's op-ed, visit: 


"What Darwin Never Knew" -- a NOVA documentary on the burgeoning
science of evolutionary developmental biology -- will air on December
29, 2009, on public broadcasting stations around the country.
According to NOVA:


Earth teems with a staggering variety of animals, including 9,000
kinds of birds, 28,000 types of fish, and more than 350,000 species of
beetles. What explains this explosion of living creatures -- 1.4
million different species discovered so far, with perhaps another 50
million to go? The source of life's endless forms was a profound
mystery until Charles Darwin brought forth his revolutionary idea of
natural selection. But Darwin's radical insights raised as many
questions as they answered. What actually drives evolution and turns
one species into another? To what degree do different animals rely on
the same genetic toolkit? And how did we evolve?

"What Darwin Never Knew" offers answers to riddles that Darwin
couldn't explain. Breakthroughs in a brand-new science -- nicknamed
"evo devo" -- are linking the enigmas of evolution to another of
nature's great mysteries, the development of the embryo. NOVA takes
viewers on a journey from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic, and
from the explosion of animal forms half a billion years ago to the
research labs of today. Scientists are finally beginning to crack
nature's biggest secrets at the genetic level. The results are
confirming the brilliance of Darwin's insights while revealing clues
to life's breathtaking diversity in ways the great naturalist could
scarcely have imagined.


Further information about the documentary, including a preview,
interviews, and interactive features is available at NOVA's website.
Information on finding local public broadcasting stations is available
via PBS's website.

For further information, visit: 

For information on local stations, visit: 


There's still time to vote for NCSE, if you're a Working Assets/Credo
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to the customers' votes. The more votes NCSE gets, the more money we
get! If you're already a Working Assets/Credo Mobile customer, you can
still vote on-line in the 2009 distribution. And NCSE is going to be a
beneficiary again in 2010, so you'll have a chance to vote for NCSE
then, too!

For voting information for the 2009 distribution, visit: 

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Thanks for reading! And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution education and threats to it.
With best wishes for the holiday season,

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

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