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The Science League of America

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau

Joshua Rosenau

Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
January 9, 2014
Location: 

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California

When evolution education is in danger, who do you call? Today, it would be the Oakland-based National Center for Science Education, but in the 1920s, you'd call the Science League of America, based in Sausalito. Join NCSE’s Josh Rosenau to see how the Science League of America dealt with many of the same issues that confront us today, and to learn more about this fascinating piece of Bay area skeptical history.

This presentation is one of a series of SkepTalks sponsored by

The Bay Area Skeptics

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Say You Want a Revolution: Harnessing the Next Generation Science Standards to foster energy and climate literacy and understanding of global change

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey

Mark McCaffrey

Date: 
December 12, 2013
Location: 

Moscone Center
San Francisco, California

 

 

A presentation at the

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

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Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
November 12, 2013
Location: 

UCMP 'Fishbowl' [enter behind T. rex tail, turn left]
Valley Life Science Building
University of California, Berkeley

 

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 both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.

Why Is Human Evolution So Controversial in American Society?

Featuring: 
Eric Meikle, Ph.D.

W. Eric Meikle, Ph.D.

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
November 6, 2013
Location: 

Grand Café, Hotel Monaco
501 Geary Street
San Francisco, California

Why does teaching evolution, and especially human evolution, remain so socially and politically controversial in America? Why is it important for people to be aware of and to understand the scientific evidence for human evolution? What does NCSE do to promote this understanding and to defend the teaching of evolution in the public schools?

Banquet of the
AES Electrop
horesis Society

as part of the annual meeting of the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers

(registration required)

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Grappling with Global Change: The Pedagogical Challenge of the 21st Century

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey

Mark McCaffrey

Date: 
October 30, 2013
Location: 

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado

 

 

Details and history of the project, Understanding Global Change, will be presented at the session, "Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Results from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts."

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Ban, Balance, and Belittle: Teaching Evolution and Anthropogenic Climate Change

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

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Date: 
October 29, 2013
Location: 

McGill University
Montreal, Canada

 

 

Both evolution and anthropogenic climate change are “controversial issues” in education, although not in the realm of science. Proponents of antievolutionism and climate change denial use remarkably similar approaches 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. McGill University logoThe consequences of accepting either evolution or the reality of climate change are said to strike against core values. And in the educational setting, cultural values of fair play and free speech are invoked to encourage the teaching of both creationism and denial of anthropogenic global warming.

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.

 

A presentation for
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series

 

The Battle to Keep the Good Stuff In: Evolution and Climate Change

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
October 25, 2013
Location: 

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, Washington
 

 

In the face of overwhelming legal resistance, creationist strategy has shifted from trying to get overt religion into the classroom, to trying to discreditCFI logo evolution. Whether such a strategy will survive legal challenge has not yet been tested in courts. But in many places, evolution is still not taught, or taught inadequately. The Next Generation Science Standards, if adopted by states, may be helpful in getting evolution taught, but there is vigorous opposition in many places over their adoption. The NGSS also call for teaching climate change, and here the opposition to good science takes another form. It’s an ideological opposition, but not predominately a religious one.

 

 

A joint conference of
the Center for Inquiry
the Council for Secular Humanism
and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

 

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The NAS at 150: Celebrating Service to the Nation

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
3:10pm
Date: 
October 18, 2013
Location: 

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Dr. Scott will appear on a panel at the NAS Sackler Colloquium, "The NAS at 150: Celebrating Service to the Nation." This is a 3-day meeting, beginning Wednesday evening, October 16, through Friday afternoon, October 18. It is free to the public, but with limited seating.

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Cosmic Evolution: A Scientific Creation Myth Like No Other

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
9:00am to 10:30am
Date: 
October 12, 2013
Location: 

California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California

For this discussion, Dr. Scott joins Dr. David Morrison, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.

Our current standard model of cosmology is, in fact, just the latest in a long line of “creation myths.” Why does it matter that this one is told by scientists? How can we encourage the general public to adopt suggested solutions for current/pending environmental challenges, when they appear to be losing confidence in science and scientists?

Moderated by Academy Fellow Dr. Jill Tarter, Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI at SETI Institute; welcome by Dr. Terry Gosliner.

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The Science of Science Communication

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Dr. Scott appears on day 3 (Sept. 25) of this 3-day program
Date: 
September 23, 2013 to September 25, 2013
Location: 

National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC

 


A Presentation for the
National Academy of Sciences
Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia
The Science of Science Communication II

 

For more information: 

Visit the National Academy of Sciences Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia web page

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