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After Kitzmiller — What?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch
Glenn BranchGlenn Branch
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
May 23, 2012
Location: 
2205 Haring Hall, on the UC Davis Campus

Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools, was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Why was Kitzmiller the effective end of the second phase of antievolution strategy? And what is the third phase going to be like? NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch discusses these questions —and more — with the University of California, Davis, Science Policy Journal Club.

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The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.
Barbara Forrest: Barbara Forrest
Time: 
10:00pm
Date: 
May 20, 2012
Location: 
University of California
Irvine, California


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Admission to the
3rd Annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference
is by paid registration only.

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The Climate Literacy Imperative

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey
Mark McCaffrey
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
May 20, 2012
Location: 
Student Center
Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, California

Mark McCaffrey will discuss NCSE’s just-initiated efforts to promote climate change education via resources that it has developed in the areas of “Climate Change 101″, “Teaching Climate Change”, “Climate Change Denial”, and “Taking Action”.

This is a Forum Program presented by the
Humanists in Silicon Valley

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Visit the Humanists in Silicon Valley Forum Programs page

Why the Term "Academic Freedom" is a Fraud: It Is a Disguise For Creationism

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.
Barbara Forrest: Barbara Forrest
Time: 
10:30pm
Date: 
May 19, 2012
Location: 
Fe Bland Auditorium
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, California

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Sponsored by the
Humanist Society of Santa Barbara

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Creationism In and Outside the U.S.

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
May 18, 2012
Location: 
6th World Skeptics Congress
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Berlin City Center
Germany

Creationism usually is considered an American (or North American) controversy, but it is spreading internationally, as conservative Christian missionaries use creationist literature in their missionary activities. Its spread, as one might expect, is also influenced by idiosyncrasies of culture, politics and national pride.

2012 World Skeptic Congress
Sponsored by
the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry,
the Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften (GWUP,
and The European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)

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Creationism In and Outside the U.S.

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
May 18, 2012
Location: 
6th World Skeptics Congress
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Berlin City Center
Germany


Creationism usually is considered an American (or North American) controversy, but it is spreading internationally,World Skeptics logo as conservative Christian missionaries use creationist literature in their missionary activities. Its spread, as one might expect, is also influenced by idiosyncrasies of culture, politics and national pride.

Sponsored by
the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry,
the Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften (GWUP,
and The European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)


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Science and Religion in the Classroom: Edwards v. Aguillard at 25

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
8:30pm
Date: 
May 11, 2012
Location: 
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, California


2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Edwards v. Aguillard and the 30th anniversary of the trial court decision in McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education. These decisions were the culmination of a legal battle over the place of creation-science in public schools and significantly shaped Establishment Clause jurisprudence.

This all-day symposium on the history of creation-science legal disputes and the legal implications of Edwards features participants from the ACLU, Louisiana, Wisconsin, N.Y Law School, Columbia University, and, of course, Stanford Law School.

A joint project of the
Stanford Constitutional Law Center
and the
National Center for Science Education

Free and open to the public

For more information: 
...and to RSVP, visit the Stanford Law School Calendar.

Creationism du jour

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. Scott
Time: 
4:00am
Date: 
April 16, 2012
Location: 
La Notte Restaurant
140 Lygon Street
Carlton, Victoria, Australia

After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement Victorian Skeptics logoevolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour.

Presentation sponsored by
The Victorian Skeptics

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Contact: Ken Greatorex

Reason and Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
4:45pm
Date: 
April 15, 2012
Location: 
A Celebration of Reason
2012 Global Atheist Convention
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Melbourne, Australia

The dictionary definition of reason is “the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences”, or “sound judgment; good sense.” The intersection of reason and creationism Global Atheist Convention 2012 logois understandably a small one, when viewed in this manner. But reason is also defined as the basis or cause of something, as when we speak of the reason for doing something. A reason can also be a statement explaining a belief or action. Viewed this way, of course creationists have reasons for their beliefs – but the beliefs rarely have much to do with the other kinds of reason, reflecting empirical evidence and science. Using examples from creation science and intelligent design, I will explore “reason and creationism”.

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Reason and Creationism

Time: 
12:00am
TBA
Date: 
April 14, 2012
Location: 
A Celebration of Reason
2012 Global Atheist Convention
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Melbourne, Australia


This conference celebrates reason, and I suspect the meaning celebrated is one or both of the dictionary’s definitions of reason, as “the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences”, or “sound judgment; good sense.” The intersection of reason and creationism Global Atheist Convention 2012 logois understandably a small one, when viewed in this manner. But reason is also defined as the basis or cause of something, as when we speak of the reason for doing something. A reason can also be a statement explaining a belief or action. Viewed this way, of course creationists have reasons for their beliefs – but the beliefs rarely have much to do with the other kinds of reason, reflecting empirical evidence and science. Using examples from creation science and intelligent design, I will explore “reason and creationism”.

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