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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 


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!

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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."

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For information about Life Ascending, visit: 

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. 


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
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fax: 510-601-7204

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