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What if “Intelligent Design” Had Won? Reflecting on 10 Years Since Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
July 18, 2015
Location: 

Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89109

 

What if the judge in Kitzmiller had ruled that “intelligent design” was legal to teach? Very little would change in the science community—“intelligent design” repeatedly has been shown to lack scientific merit. But the politicization of education and science would have increased exponentially. What are the legal, political, scientific, and educational implications of the trial and its aftermath?

The Amaz!ng Meeting 13

A talk for The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Basic registration is $499; a single-day pass is $299. See the meeting's website for further pricing information.

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Defending Science Against Denial: the Challenges of Teaching Evolution & Climate Change in a Hostile Age

Featuring: 
Steven Newton

Steven Newton

Time: 
1:30pm
Date: 
July 19, 2015
Location: 

Public Meeting Room, Third Floor
Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
2090 Kittredge
Berkeley CA 94704

 

A talk for East Bay Atheists. Why do 40% of the American public think dinosaurs and humans lived together? Why is the Senate's main committee on the environment headed by someone who thinks climate change is a "hoax"? Steven Newton, a professor of geology at College of Marin, and a programs and policy director at the National Center for Science Education, explores these issues and more in a talk that examines why in an age where science and technology are so critical to our lives and the economy, so many citizens flee from scientific thought, embracing instead half-baked conjectures long discarded by the scientific community. Newton will outline the scope of the problem, explain the urgency for improved scientific literacy, and offer solutions to increase the public understanding of science.

 

 

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Why do people reject good science?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
5:15pm
Date: 
August 3, 2015
Location: 

Gold/Small Room
Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post St.
San Francisco CA 94102

 

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.

Tickets are $20, $7.00 for students, free to members of the Commonwealth Club.

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