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Why Evolution is Difficult: An American Perspective

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
September 22, 2011
Location: 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada



The American antievolution movement is much more vigorous than that in Canada or Europe, but antievolutionism is nonetheless expanding outside of the U.S. University of Lethbridge logoThe specific enthusiasms of “creation science” and “intelligent design” are American exports, and products of American history and culture. Nonetheless, they have been proved to be remarkably robust colonizers, and are transplanted by conservative Christian missionaries, who are a universal phenomenon. Although primarily a Christian movement, antievolutionism has been seized upon by Islamists as well, and even by a marginal Hindu movement. The relationship between creation science and intelligent design will be explained, and examples of how these movements have challenged the teaching of evolution will be described.

A presentation for the
Owen G. Holmes Lecture Series

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Contact: Paul Sparrow-Clarke at paul.sparrowclarke@uleth.ca

Evolution and Global Warming Denialism: How the Public is Misled

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

Time: 
8:00am
TBA
Date: 
September 15, 2011
Location: 
Glasgow, Scotland



In the US, teachers have long been being pressured to eliminate the teaching of evolution or to teach "alternative views" – meaning creationism. Recently, they also are receiving pressure either to not teach global warming, or to Glasgow Skepticsteach "alternative views", such as that global warming isn't actually occurring, or that it is not anthropogenic. As with the arguments used by antievolutionists, global warming deniers propose their views in the spirit of “fairness”, or of teaching students critical thinking. The rhetoric and political techniques employed by global warming deniers have remarkable parallels to those employed by antievolutionists.

Talk for the
Glasgow Skeptics

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Email Ian Scott

Evolution and Global Warming Denialism: How the Public is Misled

Time: 
12:00am
TBA
Date: 
September 15, 2011
Location: 
Glasgow, Scotland



In the US, teachers have long been being pressured to eliminate the teaching of evolution or to teach "alternative views" – meaning creationism. Recently, they also are receiving pressure either to not teach global warming, or to Glasgow Skepticsteach "alternative views", such as that global warming isn't actually occurring, or that it is not anthropogenic. As with the arguments used by antievolutionists, global warming deniers propose their views in the spirit of “fairness”, or of teaching students critical thinking. The rhetoric and political techniques employed by global warming deniers have remarkable parallels to those employed by antievolutionists.

Talk for the
Glasgow Skeptics

For more information: 
Email Ian Scott

Solano Avenue Stroll

Featuring: 
NCSE StaffNCSE project assistant Carrie Sager with Professor Steve Steve. Photo by Susan Spath.
Time: 
6:00pm
Sunday
Date: 
September 11, 2011
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!

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.

For more information: 
Solano Stroll website

Solano Avenue Stroll

Time: 
10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday
Date: 
September 11, 2011
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!

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.

For more information: 
Solano Stroll website

Why Creationism Isn’t Science

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Eugenie Scott
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
September 10, 2011
Location: 
denkfest Zürich
Volkshaus in Zürich's City Centre
Room: TBA
Switzerland


In the United States (and exported around the world) “creation science” proponents claim that Christian special creationism can be supported through the data and theory of science. Denkfest logoSuch claims vary from ideas that even many nonscientists find difficult to believe, such as a young (6,000 years old) Earth, to more persuasive – but equally unscientific – ideas dealing with the complexity of biology and the orderliness of the Universe – the so-called “anthropic principle”. Because factual claims of creationists have been refuted through science, “intelligent design” creationists largely have avoided making fact claims, and have attempted to shift the public focus to philosophy of science. Partly as a result of this approach, more of the public has been confused into thinking that creationism can be made a science.

A presentation at
denkfest Zürich
a conference on critical thinking and skepticism
organized by the Zürich Freethinkers


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Why Creationism Isn’t Science

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
September 10, 2011
Location: 
denkfest Zürich
Volkshaus in Zürich's City Centre
Room: TBA
Switzerland


In the United States (and exported around the world) “creation science” proponents claim that Christian special creationism can be supported through the data and theory of science. Denkfest logoSuch claims vary from ideas that even many nonscientists find difficult to believe, such as a young (6,000 years old) Earth, to more persuasive – but equally unscientific – ideas dealing with the complexity of biology and the orderliness of the Universe – the so-called “anthropic principle”. Because factual claims of creationists have been refuted through science, “intelligent design” creationists largely have avoided making fact claims, and have attempted to shift the public focus to philosophy of science. Partly as a result of this approach, more of the public has been confused into thinking that creationism can be made a science.

A presentation at
denkfest Zürich
a conference on critical thinking and skepticism
organized by the Zürich Freethinkers


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Movie: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Eugenie Scott
Time: 
5:00am
Date: 
September 8, 2011
Location: 
denkfest Zürich
Volkshaus in Zürich's City Centre
Room: TBA
Switzerland


Dr. Eugenie Scott hosts a showing of "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.

An event at    
Denkfest logo a conference on critical thinking and skepticism
organized by the Zürich Freethinkers


For more information: 
Visit the denkfest 2011 and "No Dinosaurs in Heaven" websites.

Movie: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Time: 
9:00pm
Date: 
September 8, 2011
Location: 
denkfest Zürich
Volkshaus in Zürich's City Centre
Room: TBA
Switzerland


Dr. Eugenie Scott hosts a showing of "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.

An event at    
Denkfest logo a conference on critical thinking and skepticism
organized by the Zürich Freethinkers


For more information: 
Visit the denkfest 2011 and "No Dinosaurs in Heaven" websites.

Everything Evolves – including Creationism

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

Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
September 3, 2011
Location: 
Dragon*Con
Atlanta Downtown Hilton
Atlanta, Georgia


Evolution is the inference that living things have descended with modification from common ancestors, and it infuses and informs all of biology. But theDragon*Con logo antievolutionists – young-Earth creationists, intelligent design supporters, and the like – have also “descended with modification” from common ancestors, as demonstrated at the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial over the legality of teaching intelligent design. Clearly, creationists have adapted to a hostile legal environment by modifying their form!

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