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A Conversation with Eugenie C. Scott




Time: 
1:00pm
Date: 
May 14, 2010
Location: 
University of Missouri
Columbia


A discussion with science faculty and students concerning the creationism and evolution controversy, its history and present-day manifestations. Sponsored by the Biology Department of the University of Missouri. The talk is in conjunction with Dr. Scott's receipt of an honorary degree from the University of Missouri on Saturday, May 15.

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Back to the Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
April 25, 2010
Location: 
Center for Inquiry Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027

Barbara Forrest will speak to Atheists United on the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008. A member of NCSE's board of directors, she is the coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (Oxford University Press, 2004; 2007, 2nd ed.), which details the political and religious aims of the "intelligent design" creationist movement. She served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first legal case involving "intelligent design," Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District.

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Back to the Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008

Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest
Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
April 25, 2010
Location: 
Center for Inquiry Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027

Barbara Forrest will speak to Atheists United on the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008. A member of NCSE's board of directors, she is the coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (Oxford University Press, 2004; 2007, 2nd ed.), which details the political and religious aims of the "intelligent design" creationist movement. She served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first legal case involving "intelligent design," Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District.

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Science and Skepticism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
April 24, 2010
Location: 
SkeptiCal Conference
The David Brower Center
Allston Way & Oxford Street
Berkeley, California


Skeptics are the quintessential science fans. They enjoy learning about new scientific discoveries, they appreciate what science has given us in terms of a reliable food supply, greatly improved methods of coping with disease and infirmity, and technological discoveries that have improved communication and provided new sources of energy that can reduce human toil. So it is not surprising that skeptics tend to be short tempered when science is abused in the promotion of unscientific views --- some of which are injurious to our fellow citizens. But communicating the advantages of the scientific epistemology to our fellow citizens requires understanding some of the alternative ways of knowing commonly in use. Understanding reasoning from authority, reasoning from internal states of being, and reasoning using science will be discussed.

SkeptiCal
The Northern California Skeptics Conference
sponsored by
Bay Area Skeptics & Sacramento Skeptical Society


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Science and Skepticism

Time: 
9:00am to 9:50am
Date: 
April 24, 2010
Location: 
SkeptiCal Conference
The David Brower Center
Allston Way & Oxford Street
Berkeley, California


Skeptics are the quintessential science fans. They enjoy learning about new scientific discoveries, they appreciate what science has given us in terms of a reliable food supply, greatly improved methods of coping with disease and infirmity, and technological discoveries that have improved communication and provided new sources of energy that can reduce human toil. So it is not surprising that skeptics tend to be short tempered when science is abused in the promotion of unscientific views --- some of which are injurious to our fellow citizens. But communicating the advantages of the scientific epistemology to our fellow citizens requires understanding some of the alternative ways of knowing commonly in use. Understanding reasoning from authority, reasoning from internal states of being, and reasoning using science will be discussed.

SkeptiCal
The Northern California Skeptics Conference
sponsored by
Bay Area Skeptics & Sacramento Skeptical Society


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Dobzhansky was right: Defeating anti-evolutionism in the classroom

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
7:15pm
Date: 
April 9, 2010
Location: 

Meyer Hall of Science
Auditorium 107
Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will deliver the All-Academy Lecture at the Ohio Academy of Science annual meeting. Taking inspiration from Dobzhansky's maxim that "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution," Rosenau will explore the ways in which evolution underpins modern science. From agriculture and medicine to computer science and astronautics, evolution is crucial to working scientists and to an informed citizenry. Ohio Academy of ScienceThe spate of creationist legislation in recent years and continuing attempts to undermine evolution classroom by classroom continue to threaten the ability of the United States to effectively compete in the world economy of the 21st century. Today's teachers must be aware of these threats and how to address them, even as they give tomorrow's teachers the knowledge they need to prepare our children and grandchildren for the new century.

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Dobzhansky was right: Defeating anti-evolutionism in the classroom

Time: 
11:15am to 12:00pm
Date: 
April 9, 2010
Location: 

Meyer Hall of Science
Auditorium 107
Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will deliver the All-Academy Lecture at the Ohio Academy of Science annual meeting. Taking inspiration from Dobzhansky's maxim that "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution," Rosenau will explore the ways in which evolution underpins modern science. From agriculture and medicine to computer science and astronautics, evolution is crucial to working scientists and to an informed citizenry. Ohio Academy of ScienceThe spate of creationist legislation in recent years and continuing attempts to undermine evolution classroom by classroom continue to threaten the ability of the United States to effectively compete in the world economy of the 21st century. Today's teachers must be aware of these threats and how to address them, even as they give tomorrow's teachers the knowledge they need to prepare our children and grandchildren for the new century.

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Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
April 8, 2010
Location: 

Main Branch Allen County Public Library
Meeting Room B
900 Webster St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

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Contact: email Josh

Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Time: 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date: 
April 8, 2010
Location: 

Main Branch Allen County Public Library
Meeting Room B
900 Webster St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

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Contact: email Josh

The Once and Future Creationism: How Creationism evolves to fit the legal system

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
March 25, 2010
Location: 
Museum of Florida History
R.A. Gray Auditorium
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL


Although many people erroneously believe that creationism is a thing of the past, it still negatively affects the teaching of science in the United States today. Even though creation science and intelligent design have been defeated in courts, proponents present both as "alternatives" to evolution. Leaders of the antievolution movement, however, have shifted their emphasis to a different approach that is intended both to avoid successful legal challenges and also appeal to American cultural values. This "evidence against evolution" approach arises from both the Supreme Court legal decision striking down the teaching of creation science, and a Senator's attempt to modify the 2001 No Child Left behind education act. It currently takes the form of proposed legislation to protect from legal action teachers who wish to teach alleged “weaknesses of evolution”, or proposed changes to state science education standards encouraging the “critical analysis” (i.e., criticism) of evolution as a student critical thinking exercise. These approaches are far less obvious examples of religious advocacy, and are believed to therefore be able to withstand constitutional challenge.

A talk for the
Tallahassee Scientific Society
co-sponsored by the
Florida State University Department of Biology

Seating is limited for this free event.

Cash bar reception begins at 6PM.

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