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Why Teach Evolution?

Title: 
Why Teach Evolution?
Author(s): 
Bruce Miller
Issue: 
5
[Recently, a student in Bruce Miller's biology class brought him a video tape of Rev Todd Cook's sermon against evolution (and other science) delivered at Hoffmantown Church on August 4, 1997. The sermon began with the grim admonition that if any of his audience accepted any part of the evolutionary scheme, then it must logically follow that there is no God, Heaven, Hell or even any purpose in life.

Year: 
1997
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
29–30
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The Newer Anti-Evolutionists: Introducing Greg Koukl

Title: 
The Newer Anti-Evolutionists: Introducing Greg Koukl
Author(s): 
Stephen B Hunter
Issue: 
5
There have been a number of articles published recently by the National Center for Science Education which explore "Design Theory" as a replacement for old-style, young-earth creationism as the reigning paradigm of anti-evolution apologetics (see, for example, "Origins & Design: A Journal, not Just a Debate Ploy!" by John Cole in NCSE Reports 1996 Winter; 16[4]:4-5 and "Naturalism, Creationism, and The Meaning of Life: The Case of Philip Johnson Revisited" by Robert Pennock in Creation/Evolution 1996 Winter; 16[2], nr 39:10-30).

Year: 
1997
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
17, 20
About the Author(s): 
Stephen B Hunter
c/o RNCSE
P0 Box 8880
Madison, WI 53708-8880
Email: sbhunter@earthlink.net
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The More Things Change

Title: 
The More Things Change
Author(s): 
John R Cole, Contributing Editor
Issue: 
5
Anti-evolutionists have evolved over the decades from demanding that biblical creation be taught in schools to demanding equal time for "scientific" creationism to arguing that evolution classes give a sort of equal time to the weaknesses of evolution. Like peppered moths, they change as pressures and resistance change, and they often revert back to earlier guises when circumstances are ripe. Tactics and tangents apparently long-dead or defeated can reappear and flourish when time or other distance leaves an opening.
Year: 
1997
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
28
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Creation Science and Free Speech

Title: 
Creation Science and Free Speech
Author(s): 
Alex Ritchie, Australian Skeptics
Issue: 
5
As a participant and witness for the scientific side in the recent Plimer/Roberts "Noah's Ark" court case, I have been disturbed by media reports in Australia and overseas suggesting that Justice Sackville's verdict was a victory for free speech. I disagree and would appreciate an opportunity to explain why, based on my own experience. Very important principles are at stake in this matter.
Year: 
1997
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
25–27
About the Author(s): 
Alex Ritchie
Research Feloow, Palaeontology
Australian Museum
Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000

[Ed. Readers should be aware that the Australian Creation Science Foundation has recently changed its name to Answers in Genesis, which is the name used by Australian-born creationist Ken Ham for his US-based organization.]
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Milestone, 1997: NCSE Submits Brief in Creationism Case

Title: 
Milestone, 1997: NCSE Submits Brief in Creationism Case
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
5
In 1984, three years before the Supreme Court ruled in the well-known Edwards v. Aguillard decision that "balanced treatment" of evolution and "creation science" is unconstitutional, the Attorney General of Texas put an end to another anti-evolution practice. In answer to an inquiry from a state legislator, the Attorney General gave an official opinion that the Board of Education policy requiring "disclaimers" in biology textbooks violated the First Amendment.

Year: 
1997
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
4
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The Predictive Power of Evolutionary Biology and the Discovery of Eusociality in the Naked Mole Rat

Title: 
The Predictive Power of Evolutionary Biology and the Discovery of Eusociality in the Naked Mole Rat
Author(s): 

Stanton Braude

Issue: 
4

Anti-evolutionists have asserted that evolutionary biology lacks predictive power (Gish 1979; Johnson 1991; Morris 1974, 1989). They still cite Karl Popper's early suggestion that evolutionary theory is untestable because it cannot be used to make predictions, despite the fact that this view has been rejected by philosophers of science and that Popper himself unequivocally reversed this opinion (1978:344-5).

Year: 
1997
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
12–15
About the Author(s): 

Stan Braude
Biology Department
Campus Box 1137
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130
email: braude@wustlb.wustl.edu

 

Stanton Braude has been studying naked mole rats in the laboratory and field for the past 15 years. He is currently on the faculty of the International Center for Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and at Washington University in St. Louis

(c) 1998, National Center for Science Education

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Miracles In, Creationism Out

Title: 
Miracles In, Creationism Out: 'The Geophysics of God'
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
3

On June 16, 1997, a major weekly magazine, US News & World Report published "The Geophysics of God" reporting claims that a sophisticated computer program written at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and "used by geophysicists around the world... proves the Bible is correct" (Chandler 1997). By mid-July NCSE had received copies of letters submitted to a large state textbook commission making similar claims. One letter said that textbooks should include "Flood geology as a theory for mass extinction...

Year: 
1997
Date: 
May–June
Page(s): 
29–32
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Evolution "Too Controversial" for Illinois Schools

Title: 
Evolution "Too Controversial" for Illinois Schools
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
2

A large, industrial Northern state may be about to banish the word "evolution" from its science curriculum standards. Acting on a mandate from the state legislature, the Illinois Board of Education has developed new Learning Standards for a number of subjects, including science. Learning Standards are supposed to define appropriate content for meeting a number of goals, including the expectation that students will come to "Understand the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of the life, physical, and earth/space sciences" (State Goal 12).

Year: 
1997
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
6–7
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Arizona Regent Protests Evolution Institute Move

Title: 
Arizona Regent Protests Evolution Institute Move
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
2

In April 1997, the Institute for Human Origins (IHO), a not-for-profit paleoanthropology research institution located in Berkeley, CA, completed negotiations with Arizona State University to move to that university in July of 1997. NCSE Supporter Donald C Johanson will remain Director of the Institute, and senior staffers William H Kimbel and Kaye Reed will hold dual positions as Institute scientists and members of the ASU Department of Anthropology. Also moving to Arizona with IHO are geochronologist Robert Walker and paleoanthropologist Eric Meikle and support staff.

Year: 
1997
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
7–8
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Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Title: 
Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
Author(s): 
Richard Dawkins
Issue: 
1

You could give Aristotle a tutorial. And you could thrill him to the core of his being. Aristotle was an encyclopedic polymath, an all time intellect. Yet not only can you know more than him about the world. You also can have a deeper understanding of how everything works. Such is the privilege of living after Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Planck, Watson, Crick and their colleagues.

Year: 
1997
Date: 
January–February
Page(s): 
8–14
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