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Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
2:00am
Date: 
October 23, 2011
Location: 
Greenberg Lounge
Vanderbilt Hall (NYU Law building)
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York


Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is some overlap in personnel between the two issues, but far more people are climate change deniers than evolution deniers. What is interesting to skeptics, however, New York City Skeptics' logois the similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Evolution and global warming opponents also demonize the opposition by accusing them of fraud or other wrong-doing. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for creationism, the ideology of course is religious; for global warming, the ideology is predominantly political and/or economic.

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Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution

Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
October 23, 2011
Location: 
Greenberg Lounge
Vanderbilt Hall (NYU Law building)
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York


Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is some overlap in personnel between the two issues, but far more people are climate change deniers than evolution deniers. What is interesting to skeptics, however, New York City Skeptics' logois the similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Evolution and global warming opponents also demonize the opposition by accusing them of fraud or other wrong-doing. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for creationism, the ideology of course is religious; for global warming, the ideology is predominantly political and/or economic.

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Movie: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Time: 
10:30am
Date: 
October 23, 2011
Location: 
Sacramento Freethought Day
McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, California
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Glenn Branch hosts a showing of the documentary movie, "No Dinosaurs In Heaven" by Emmy Award-winningNo Dinosaurs Title director Greta Schiller. This documentary film explores the issue of creationism in science and education. The film features Eugenie Scott, Steve Newton, and Alan Gishlick on a voyage through the majestic Grand Canyon.

Glenn Branch will lead a Question & Answer session following the movie.

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Dispatches from the Evolution Wars

Time: 
1:30pm
Date: 
October 23, 2011
Location: 
Sacramento Freethought Day
McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, California
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How did creationism become a seemingly permanent obstacle to the teaching of evolution in the public schools of the United States? Glenn Branch, deputy director of the Sacramento Freethought Day logoNational Center for Science Education, will tell the tale, from the Scopes trial in the '20s, through the creation science movement of the '70s and the intelligent design movement of the '90s, to today's strategies to undermine the teaching of evolution. The resistance to evolution is constant, but the creationist strategies continue to evolve.

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Religious Politics and Secular Values

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D., Member of NCSE's Board of DirectorsBarbara Forrest
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
October 22, 2011
Location: 
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC



Why is the inclusion of creationism and "intelligent design" still a viable proposal for American biology curricula? What other secular policies are at risk of religious intrusion?

Dr. Forrest is participating in this all-day Institute sponsored by the Center for Inquiry.

Other participants are:

  • Chip Berlet - Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates
  • Jamila Bey - Journalist with Voice of Russia and formerly with NPR
  • Ronald Lindsay - Center For Inquiry CEO and President
  • Barry Lynn - Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Chris Mooney - Host of Point of Inquiry and author of Storm World and Unscientific America
  • Jeff Sharlet - Author of The Family and C Street
  • John Shook Center For Inquiry Director of Education
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Religious Politics and Secular Values

Time: 
9:00am to 5:00pm
Date: 
October 22, 2011
Location: 
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC



Why is the inclusion of creationism and "intelligent design" still a viable proposal for American biology curricula? What other secular policies are at risk of religious intrusion?

Dr. Forrest is participating in this all-day Institute sponsored by the Center for Inquiry.

Other participants are:

  • Chip Berlet - Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates
  • Jamila Bey - Journalist with Voice of Russia and formerly with NPR
  • Ronald Lindsay - Center For Inquiry CEO and President
  • Barry Lynn - Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Chris Mooney - Host of Point of Inquiry and author of Storm World and Unscientific America
  • Jeff Sharlet - Author of The Family and C Street
  • John Shook Center For Inquiry Director of Education
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Creatio continua et imago Dei: una aproximación teológica católica para la evolución del universo

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess
Time: 
8:00am
To Be Announced
Date: 
October 21, 2011
Location: 
Universidad Panamericana
Augusto Rodin 498
Col. Insurgentes Mixcoac
CP 03920 Del. Benito Juárez
México, D.F.

Creatio continua et imago Dei: A Catholic Theological Approach to the Evolving Universe

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Visit the Congreso México 2011 website

Creatio continua et imago Dei: una aproximación teológica católica para la evolución del universo

Time: 
12:00am
To Be Announced
Date: 
October 21, 2011
Location: 
Universidad Panamericana
Augusto Rodin 498
Col. Insurgentes Mixcoac
CP 03920 Del. Benito Juárez
México, D.F.

Creatio continua et imago Dei: A Catholic Theological Approach to the Evolving Universe

Universidad Panamericana logo
For more information: 
Visit the Congreso México 2011 website

Deja vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and of evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
4:30pm
Date: 
October 15, 2011
Location: 
2011 Professional Development Conference
National Association of Biology Teachers
Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California

Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or of climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for denying evolution, the ideology of course is religious; for denying global warming, the ideology is political and/or economic.

For more information: 
Visit the NABT Conference website.

Deja vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and of evolution

Time: 
8:30am
Date: 
October 15, 2011
Location: 
2011 Professional Development Conference
National Association of Biology Teachers
Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California

Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or of climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for denying evolution, the ideology of course is religious; for denying global warming, the ideology is political and/or economic.

For more information: 
Visit the NABT Conference website.

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