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The Latest “Intelligent Design” Journal

Title: 
The Latest “Intelligent Design” Journal
Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
Issue: 
6

ENTER BIO-COMPLEXITY

A new on-line, open-access, peer-reviewed journal with the ungainly name BIO-Complexity (ISSN 2151- 7444) was announced on April 30, 2010, by its publisher, the Biologic Institute. According to its statement of purpose and scope, BIO-Complexity “aims to be the leading forum for testing the scientific merit of the claim that intelligent design (ID) is a credible explanation for life.” The journal hopes to publish “studies in all areas of science with clear relevance to its aim, including work focusing on the relative

Year: 
2010
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
10–13
About the Author(s): 

Glenn Branch is NCSE's Deputy Director

AUTHOR’S ADDRESS
Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncse.com

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Review: Darwin's Lost World

Year: 
2010
Issue: 
4
Title: 
Darwin’s Lost World: The Hidden History of Animal Life
Date: 
July-August

Oxford paleobiologist"Darwin's Lost World" book cover Martin Brasier’s new book, Darwin’s Lost World, is first of all a recounting of his own research history, beginning with a 1970 trip to study

Author(s): 
Martin Brasier
Page(s): 
31-32
Reviewer: 
Roy E Plotnick
About the Author(s): 

Roy E Plotnick is Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

AUTHOR’S ADDRESS
Roy E Plotnick
Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W Taylor St
Chicago IL 60607

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Briscoe Geology Park

Title: 
Briscoe Geology Park
Author(s): 
Len Eisenberg
Issue: 
1

A typical fourth grader can rattle off the names of the planets, but does not know the names of the geological chapters of earth history, how old the earth is, when dinosaurs lived, or much else about the history of earth and the life on it. One common excuse for this gap in science education is that these topics are too complicated; but the real reason is the conflict with traditional beliefs — either those of the teacher or of the parents the teacher does not wish to offend. In Ashland, Oregon, the Briscoe Geology Park was built to help students, residents and visitors

Year: 
2009
Date: 
January-February
Page(s): 
24-25
About the Author(s): 
AUTHOR'S ADDRESS:

Len Eisenberg
223 Granite Street
Ashland OR 97520
erdelei@opendoor.com

Len Eisenberg is an independent geologist living in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife Karen and daughter Jane. Len's BS and MS degrees are in geology from San Diego State University, and he has spent most of his professional career with Chevron working on petroleum exploration and production projects in Angola, Morocco, Kenya, Somalia, Croatia, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. He now teaches and consults part-time. His current research interest is evidence for giant floods and long-lived lakes in Jurassic eolian sandstones in Utah. He volunteers in Ashland public schools, where he helps teach mathematics, science, and reading.

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One Day Wonders

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
One Day Wonders
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
4
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Winter
Page(s): 
16–17
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Some of the local challenges with which NCSE assists last for months or even years; for example, the attempt to place the creationist textbook Of Pandas and People in the schools of Louisville, Ohio, began in mid-1993 and has been continuously opposed by local NCSE activists. Others are resolved more quickly. In February, 1996, NCSE received two similar requests for help within two days-one from Morgan Hill, California (not far from Silicon Valley), and one from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Close Ohio House Vote Scuttles "Evidence Against Evolution" Bill

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Close Ohio House Vote Scuttles "Evidence Against Evolution" Bill
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1996
Date: 
Spring
Page(s): 
18
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On May 28, 1996, state representative Ron Hood's HB 692 was voted down in the Ohio House of Representatives Education Committee by a vote of 8-12. When introduced on April 12, 1996, the bill stated that
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Washington School District Wrestles with Creationism, "Intelligent Design Theory"

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Washington School District Wrestles with Creationism, "Intelligent Design Theory"
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1996
Date: 
Spring
Page(s): 
17
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From February through April, 1996, the small town of Sultan, WA, was the site of now-familiar rancorous school board meetings over the question of whether creationism should be taught with evolution. Teacher Meg Town had attended a workshop on creation and evolution at a National Science Teachers Association regional meeting (taught by NCSE board member Dr. Duane Jeffery), so she knew where to go for help when the school board was approached with the request that it introduce creation "science" and Intelligent Design Theory into the curriculum.
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Oregon: Creationism Continues to Simmer in the Pacific Northwest

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Oregon: Creationism Continues to Simmer in the Pacific Northwest
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
3
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Fall
Page(s): 
5
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In Oregon, whenever a school board considering creationism requests advice from the state's Attorney General, they are told it's illegal. Then the same question pops up in another district.
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More Patter of Little Pandas

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
More Patter of Little Pandas
Author(s): 
John Cole
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Spring
Page(s): 
21
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Reports readers will by now by familiar with the "intelligent design" book, Of Pandas and People. We have reported ongoing efforts to introduce the book into public schools as an alternative to naturalistic evolution. Sometimes the significance of this book probably gets lost (it is, after all, just one book, so why should we care about it?).

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Texas: No Pandas for Plano

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Texas: No Pandas for Plano
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Spring
Page(s): 
7
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The creationist textbook Of Pandas and People has been rejected again, this time in Plano, Texas, not far from Richardson, home of the book's publisher, the Foundation for Thought and Ethics.

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Televangelist Promotes Of Pandas and People

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Televangelist Promotes Of Pandas and People
Author(s): 
Eugenie C Scott
Issue: 
2
Year: 
1992
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
19
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Televangelist James Dobson's group, "Focus on the Family," is a leading proponent of the religious right agenda. In the summer 1992 edition of his Citizen newsletter, Dobson directs his supporters to march down to the school board and demand of Of Pandas and People be used when evolution is taught. Pandas, of course, is a creationist "intelligent design" book intended as a supplement to high school biology courses.

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