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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

Introduction to the movie, "Creation"

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
12:00pm
Date: 
September 14, 2013
Location: 

Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, California

Eugenie Scott will introduce the lead-off movie, Creation at The Fifth Atheist Film Festival. Creation was directed by Jon Amiel, and stars Paul Bettany and Creation, the movieJennifer Connelly (real-life husband & wife) as Charles and Emma Darwin. The film is a partly biographical, partly fictionalised account of Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter, Annie (Martha West), as he struggles to write On the Origin of Species. John Collee wrote the script based on Randal Keynes's biography of Darwin titled Annie's Box.

Following Creation, the following will be shown:
Movie, The Revisionaries

  • The Revisionaries
  • Ron Goes To Heaven
  • Sophia Investigates the Good News Club
  • Kūmāré
  • Hug An Atheist
  • The Magdalene Sisters

The Film Festival, created in 2009, is the world's first film festival dedicated to showcasing feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated cinema created especially for the secular community. Whether you're an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, secular humanist, heathen, heretic, bright or just a fan of fresh, offbeat cinema that celebrates and encourages reason, critical thinking and freedom of inquiry both inside and outside of the movie theater, the Atheist Film Festival is for you.

For more information: 

see the Film Festival's webpage

For tickets and show times, go to Brown Paper Tickets

Solano Stroll

Featuring: 
NCSE Staff

NCSE table

Time: 
10:00am to 6:00pm
Date: 
September 8, 2013
Location: 

Solano Avenue
Look for us across from Cactus Taqueria, near the east end of the Street Fair
Albany, California
 

Come meet us in person at this fun family street fair -- music, food, entertainment, crafts, and a parade!

Hominin Skulls

 

We will have hominin fossils and real live hominins. Also, this is your chance to support NCSE with a purchase of a t-shirt, book, or bumpersticker. And if you have questions, we have resources.

 

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Defending Evolution – and Some Other Sciences

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
10:15am
Date: 
September 2, 2013
Location: 

Auditorium 1
Georg Sverdrups Building
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
 

In the United States, evolution and climate change are socially – though not scientifically—controversial. What is the origin of these movements, and what are scientists doing to counter them?

 

This presentation is for the
Kristine Bonnevie Lectures in Evolutionary Biology
hosted by the
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis

 

 

Talking Climate Science, Talking Climate Policy

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau

Joshua Rosenau

Time: 
11:30am to 12:30pm
Date: 
August 15, 2013
Location: 

AAAS
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC
 

Danger lurks when scientists talk about policy. When scientists endorse a particular policy to address the climate change-related problems they study, audiences can question the integrity of their science (as discussed here: www.eenews.net/stories/1059966968). But laying out the dangers of climate change without presenting a solution can leave audiences feeling powerless, and makes the science seem powerless, too. Science Online Climate logoHow can scientists and science communicators ethically bring their expertise to bear on policy questions, without compromising the integrity or independence of the science they publish and present? Are scientists ethically obliged to share what their research says about policy, or are they ethically bound to steer clear of policy debates when they talk science?

Suggested reading: Nisbet, M.C. (2009). The Ethics of Framing Science. In B. Nerlich, B. Larson, & R. Elliott (Eds.). Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions (pp 51-74). London: Ashgate.

A Workshop at
ScienceOnline Climate
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From Quarks to Consciousness: Evolving into Moral and Spiritual Understanding

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter Hess, Ph.D.

Date: 
August 9, 2013
Location: 
Buena Vista Community Center
715 East Main Street
Buena Vista, Colorado

How can we reinterpret the doctrine that humans are created in the image of God to reflect what we know from science? Are humans “stardust become conscious of itself 13.7 billion years after the Big Bang?” The assumption that humans are made in the image of God is fundamental to the scriptural teaching about the nature of human existence and makes human kind capable of comprehending and responding to God’s invitation. How have these leftovers from the Big Bang evolved into beings with moral understanding and judgment, with spiritual awareness and responsiveness and who are able to assume the responsibility for creation.

Presentation is part of the
Collegiate Peaks Forum Series


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