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What would Darwin say to today's creationists?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 12, 2015
Location: 

Logan Hall
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom

The British Humanist Association presents the Darwin Day Lecture 2015, chaired by Richard Dawkins. This year's speaker will be Dr. Eugenie Scott, whose talk is entitled "What would Darwin say to today's creationists?"

​Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young Earth creationism, on the other hand, would puzzle him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had a few adherents among the clergy.

Darwin might have heard of the 'scriptural geologists' who promoted a Young Earth view during the 19th century. But, like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them. The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, however, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time.

The talk will be chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins, with an introduction from BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. Tickets cost £15.00, or £10.00 for BHA members.

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Perceptions: Science & Religious Communities

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Date: 
March 13, 2015
Location: 

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20004

Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities is a day-long national conference that will bring together leaders in science and religion—including Nobel-Prize winning physicist William D. Phillips, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, DoSER director Jennifer Wiseman, and National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson—to foster dialogue between scientific and religious communities, and to plan a course for future conversation. The conference program is still developing, but includes dynamic speakers, enriching topical discussion tracks, lunch sponsored by AAAS, and a concluding reception. Registration is open! More details to follow.

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Visit the Grand Canyon with NCSE!

Featuring: 
NCSE's Steven Newton and Joshua Rosenau
Date: 
July 2, 2015 to July 10, 2015
Location: 

Grand Canyon, Arizona


Twenty-two lucky members will raft the Grand Canyon from Marble Canyon to Diamond Creek, experiencing one of the most beautiful and majestic natural features on the planet.

Of course, as NCSE's Josh Rosenau will inform the rafters, the whole Colorado plateau was laid down by the receding waters of Noah's Flood about 4,327 years ago, and the Grand Canyon itself was gouged catastrophically in a matter of days. Geologist Steven Newton will present the standard geological history of Grand Canyon to the rafters — and "they can make up their own minds."

NCSE's "Creation/Evolution Grand Canyon Raft Trip" is a wonderful way to learn about the creationism/evolution controversy in a fabulous natural setting.

 
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