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A Creationism Row in Hong Kong

Title: 
A Creationism Row in Hong Kong
Author(s): 
Virginia Yue
Issue: 
6

In March 2009, the ultramodern city of Hong Kong became an unlikely battleground in the war on evolution.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
November-December
Page(s): 
4–6
About the Author(s): 

Virginia Yue
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
info@ncse.com

Virginia Yue is an information technology professional and native-born citizen of Hong Kong.She was raised in evangelical Christianity, but became a freethinker in 2007. She is the co-founder and webmaster, with Adrian Mok, of the Hong Kong Concern Group for Science Education.

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Review: The Paleobiological Revolution

Year: 
2009
Title: 
The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology
Issue: 
6
Author(s): 
edited by David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse
Date: 
November-December

For many years we have needed a collection of essays and historical reminiscences on just how the paleobiological revolution, or in another sense the emergence of macroevolution as a field, got started in the 1960s and 1970s. Looking back on the scientific literature of the time, and contrasting it to what came before, is much like looking at the cultural impact on a civilization when it is invaded (by Romans, Americans, or Visigoths — complete your own preferred metaphor). The world of paleontology changed completely because in addition to

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 584 pages.
Page(s): 
45–47
Reviewer: 
Kevin Padian
About the Author(s): 

Kevin Padian
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
info@ncse.com

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The Effect of Viewing NOVA's Judgment Day

Title: 
The Effect of Viewing NOVA's Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial Docudrama on College Students' Perceptions of "Intelligent Design" and Evolution
Author(s): 
Beth E Leuck and Greg Q Butcher
Issue: 
6

On November 13, 2007, most Public Broadcasting Service television stations across the United States aired the NOVA docudrama, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial. The two-hour program highlighted the controversy surrounding the decision of the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board to require high school biology teachers to read a statement to their classes that "intelligent design" is an alternative explanation for the theory of evolution. The teachers refused, and several parents subsequently filed a federal lawsuit against the school board for its failure to abide by the

Year: 
2009
Date: 
November-December
Page(s): 
29-33
About the Author(s): 

Beth E Lueck
Department of Biology
Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport LA 71104
bleuck@centenary.edu

Greg Q Butcher
Department of Biology
Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport LA 71104
gbutcher@centenary.edu

Beth Leuck is Professor of Biology at Centenary College of Louisiana. Greg Butcher is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Centenary College of Louisiana. Both teach in the Principles and Methods of Biology course featured in this article.

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Credibility, Profitability, and Irrefutability

Title: 
Credibility, Profitability, and Irrefutability: Why Creationists are Building Museums
Author(s): 
Julie Duncan
Issue: 
5

I was a junior in high school when I first read that Answers in Genesis was planning to build a $27-million–dollar creationist museum just minutes from my home. The creationism/evolution "debate" had long been an interest of mine, and when my like-minded father left a clipped newspaper article about the museum on my desk with the words "uh oh!" scrawled across the top, I was dismayed to read that my town would soon be embroiled in evangelical fervor.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
17–20
About the Author(s): 

Julie Duncan
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
ncseoffice@ncse.com

Julie Duncan is a native of Burlington, Kentucky, and a 2009 graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in history and science. This article is adapted from her senior thesis, "Faith Displayed as Science: The Role of the 'Creation Museum' in the Modern American Creationist Movement", which was awarded Harvard's Thomas T Hoopes Prize. She recently began her first year at Yale Law School, where she plans to study constitutional law

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RNCSE 29 (4)

cover of RNCSE 29.4
Issue: 
4
Year: 
2009
Date: 
July–August
Articles available online are listed below.
Click "Print Edition Contents" for list of articles in the print edition.
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Review: The Cell's Design

Year: 
2009
Title: 
The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry
Issue: 
4

After reading Fazale Rana's The Cell's Design, the sequel to Origins of Life (Rana and Ross 2004; reviewed in RNCSE 2007 May–Aug; 27 [3–4]: 45–8), I was reminded of John Conlee's 1979 lyrics, "These rose colored glasses, that I'm looking through / Show only the beauty, 'cause they hide all the truth." This country music classic sums up Rana's book, which starts with the foregone conclusion that the cell is designed, by explaining the principles (with reference to Dembski and Behe) of "intelligent design" (in chapter 1).

Author(s): 
Fazale Rana
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
36–37
Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Books, 2008. 332 pages.
Reviewer: 
Frank Steiner

References

Lodish H, Berk A, Zipursky SL, Matsudaira P, Baltimore D, Darnell J. 2000. Molecular Cell Biology. 4th ed. San Francisco: WH Freeman.

Miller KR. 2008. Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul. New York: Viking.

Miller KR. 1999. Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution. San Francisco: Cliff Street.

Rana F, Ross H. 2004. Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolution Models Face Off. Colorado Springs (CO): NavPress.

Story CM. 2008. Same song, second verse. Christianity Today. Available on-line at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/octoberweb-only/143-42.0.html. Last accessed March 27, 2009.

Stryer L. 1988. Biochemistry. 3rd ed. San Francisco: WH Freeman.

About the Author(s): 

Frank Steiner
Biology Department
Hillsdale College
Hillsdale MI 49242
fxs@hillsdale.edu

Frank Steiner is Professor and Chair of Biology at Hillsdale College.

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Unintelligent Design

Title: 
Unintelligent Design: Interview with Mark Perakh
Author(s): 
Interviewed by Glenn Branch
Issue: 
4

Mark Perakh was born in 1924 in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1941 he volunteered to fight the German invasion of the USSR. Later he studied at the Odessa Institute of Technology, earning a Diploma in Engineering Physics, and later an equivalent of a PhD degree from the Odessa Polytechnic Institute. In the 1950s he was arrested by the KGB on the charge of engaging in "anti-Soviet propaganda" and spent several years in a Siberian prison camp. Subsequently, he conducted research and taught physics in several universities in the USSR.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
15–17
About the Author(s): 

Glenn Branch is deputy director of NCSE.

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Review: Critique of Intelligent Design

Year: 
2009
Issue: 
4
Title: 
Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present

The great merit of this book is its authors' recognition of historical contingency as key to the battle over "intelligent design". They argue that every natural and social science originated in a materialist (in the sense of naturalist) critique of some version of "intelligent design" and its accompanying teleological explanation. Proponents of "intelligent design" throughout the ages, in turn, have attacked materialism for its rejection of design and teleology, resulting in a 2500-year dialectic between scientific materialists and their theological and philosophical opponents.

Date: 
July–August
Author(s): 
John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York
New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008. 240 pages.
Page(s): 
32–33
Reviewer: 
Arthur McCalla
About the Author(s): 

Arthur McCalla
Department of Philosophy/Religious Studies
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax NS B3M 2J6 Canada
arthur.mccalla@msvu.ca

Arthur McCalla is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy/Religious Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and the author of The Creationist Debate: The Encounter between the Bible and the Historical Mind (London: T&T Clark International, 2006).

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Whither "Intelligent Design" Creationism?

Title: 
Whither "Intelligent Design" Creationism?
Author(s): 
Lawrence S Lerner
Issue: 
4

Since the 1960s, creationism has evolved, with the pressure of "judicial selection" giving rise to new species. The most prominent 1960s program — young-earth creationism or YEC — was based explicitly on the Book of Genesis. It aimed at teaching K–12 science students that God created the universe in six days by a series of fiats and that nearly all of geology could be explained in terms of the action of Noah's Flood.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
18, 23–24
About the Author(s): 

Lawrence S Lerner
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach CA 90840
lslerner@csulb.edu

Lawrence S Lerner is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Long Beach, and a recognized expert on state science standards. He was the recipient of a Friend of Darwin award from NCSE in 2003.

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Review: The Devil in Dover

Year: 
2009
Issue: 
4
Title: 
The Devil in Dover: An Insider's Story of Dogma v Darwin in Small-Town America

The pages of RNCSE are replete with stories of municipalities flirting with anti-evolution policies. The stories that make their way into press or blogs are often limited to the essentials; detailed and researched accounts are rare. Even the court record from the recent Kitzmiller v Dover Area School Board trial provides only a limited version of what the reader instinctively knows is a bigger story.

Date: 
July-August
Author(s): 
Lauri Lebo
New York: The New Press, 2008. 256 pages.
Page(s): 
35-36
Reviewer: 
Burt Humburg
About the Author(s): 

Burt Humburg
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
ncseoffice@ncseweb.org

Burt Humburg is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, now starting a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan. A former member of the board of Kansas Citizens for Science, he was a resident in internal medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania — about forty miles from Dover — during the Kitzmiller trial.

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