NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2010/07/16
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, Plenty of summer reading, with new content from Reports of the NCSE and a sample chapter from Nick Lane's Life Ascending now available on NCSE's website.
CATCHING UP WITH RNCSE Selected content from volume 30, numbers 1-2, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website. Featured are NCSE executive director Eugenie C. Scott's analysis of the recent edition of the Origin of Species disfigured by a creationist introduction and Brian Regal's reaction to the unacknowledged use of his work in that introduction. Plus there are plenty of reviews of books -- on everything from the history of creationism to the scientific career of Stephen Jay Gould. If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The upcoming issue (volume 30, number 4) features paleontology, with Phil Senter explaining vestigial structures and with reviews of The Dawn Monkey, Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway, Darwin's Lost World, and The Genesis Enigma. Plus Randy Moore's "People & Places" column profiles J. Frank Norris -- arguably the most controversial figure in the evolution/creationism controversy ever. Don't miss out -- subscribe (or renew) today! For the selected content from RNCSE 30:1-2, visit: http://ncse.com/rncse/30/1-2 For subscription information, visit: http://ncse.com/membership A PREVIEW OF LIFE ASCENDING NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Nick Lane's Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (W. W. Norton, 2009) -- featuring the chapter "Hot Blood: Breaking the Energy Barrier." Lane writes, "hot blood exacts a cruel toll. It spells a short life, spent eating dangerously. It depresses the population size and the number of offspring, two factors that should be penalised ruthlessly by natural selection. In recompense we have the boon of staying up at night and hanging out in the cold. That seems a poor deal, especially if we go to sleep anyway. Yet in the great pantheon of life, we routinely give top billing to the mammals and birds. What exactly is it that we have but the reptiles don’t? It had better be good." The reviewer for Nature commented, "Excellent and imaginative and, similar to life itself, the book is full of surprises." For the excerpt (PDF), visit: http://ncse.com/files/pub/evolution/Excerpt--Life%20Ascending.pdf For information about Life Ascending, visit: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=15651 Thanks for reading! And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- http://ncse.com -- 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://ncse.com Subscribe to NCSE's free weekly e-newsletter: http://groups.google.com/group/ncse-news NCSE is on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/evolution.ncse http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd http://twitter.com/ncse NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today! http://ncse.com/membership