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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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Global Warming Skepticism

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey
Mark McCaffrey
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
April 11, 2012
Location: 
Café Valparaíso at La Peña
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California
A 6 minute walk from the Ashby BART station
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A presentation in the
SkepTalk Speaker Series
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics
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What Darwin Said (and Didn't Say): Evolution, Intelligent Design and Education

Featuring: 
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
Time: 
11:30pm
Date: 
March 30, 2012
Location: 
Wood Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan





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This free public
Theodosia Hadley Lecture
is sponsored by the
Department of Biological Sciences

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The Origin of Birds and Their Flight

Featuring: 
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
Time: 
2:00am
Date: 
March 29, 2012
Location: 
Kirsch Auditorium
Fezter Center
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan




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Science and Religion

Time: 
7:00pm
To Be Announced
Date: 
March 28, 2012
Location: 
Textor 102
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York


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A lecture in the
C.P. Snow Lecture Series
sponsored by Ithaca College

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In the Beginning: Science and Religion

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
March 28, 2012
Location: 
Textor 102
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

The subject of origins – of where we, Earth, and the universe come from – is one that has been considered by many religions since time memorial. Science, as a relatively recent actor on the intellectual stage,Ithaca College logo also considers these topics, coming up with answers at variance with those of most religions, including Christianity. How do these two approaches differ? Are there similarities? And is there an uncrossable divide between the two? The answer is not just philosophically interesting, but directly relevant to decisions being made about what to teach in public school science courses.

A lecture in the
C.P. Snow Lecture Series
sponsored by Ithaca College

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Controversy over the Teaching of Evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
March 26, 2012
Location: 
State Farm Room BAS S102
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Many topics in the curriculum of American schools are controversial, but perhaps the one with the longest tenure is evolution. Politics plays a role in this controversy in a number of ways. Politicians have keen antennae for cultural values, and the "fairness" argument (i.e., it is only "fair" to "balance" evolution with creationism) regularly is exploited, Middle Tennessee State University logoregardless of the appropriateness of its application to science education. Variants of the fairness argument such as balancing evolution with "scientific alternatives to evolution" or balancing evolution with "strengths and weaknesses of evolution" have in fact become the current predominant antievolutionist strategy, partly in response to a series of legal decisions that have excluded the advocacy of creationism in public schools. Tennessee currently is wrestling with a bill in its legislature that would compromise the teaching of evolution in exactly this fashion.

Keynote Address for
Scholars Week
at
Middle Tennessee State University

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Creationism, Evolution, Education — and Politics

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
March 13, 2012
Location: 
Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw, Michigan



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A lecture sponsored by the
Biology Department
Saginaw Valley State University

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TBA

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
March 13, 2012
Location: 
Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw, Michigan



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A lecture sponsored by the
Biology Department
Saginaw Valley State University

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Teaching Evolution in a Climate of Controversy

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
March 11, 2012
Location: 
Room TBA
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida


Evolution is an essential part of the biology curriculum, and a similarly-critical part of the Earth sciences curriculum; it is simply not possible to teach good University of South Florida - logobiology or Earth science and omit evolution. But what if there are students who are reluctant to be taught evolution, and (worse) administrators who don’t back their teachers? Dr. Scott will present some useful tips for teachers about handling what shouldn’t be a controversy, but unfortunately is.

Presentation at the
Science Teachers Workshop

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