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Geology from Bizarro World: Creationism and the Grand Canyon

Time: 
4:00pm to 5:15pm
Date: 
February 17, 2010
Location: 
Lilly Fong Geoscience Building (LFG)
Room 102
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


The Grand Canyon would strike almost anyone as the perfect example of “deep” geologic time, and thus a great example of why the “Young Earth” views of Biblical creationists are absurd. Creationists recognize the challenge that places like the Grand Canyon pose, and thus work very hard to explain how this could have been formed in a timeframe amenable to the timeline of a literal reading of the Bible. This had led to a model of “flood” geology, which ascribes most of the sedimentary rock on the earth to the flood of Noah, as described in the Bible. This leads to explanations that seem plausible to the average untrained person, but seem laughable to trained geologists when they hear them. Yet, they gain traction with the general public. So what are the arguments and how can geologists deal with them a way that does not appear defensive? This presentation will seek to answer this question.

a presentation in the
UNLV Department of Geoscience
Seminar Series

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Darwin, Human Evolution, and Evolution Denialism

Featuring: 
Eric Meikle, Ph.D.


Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
February 14, 2010
Location: 
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Avenue
Albany, CA 94706


In Charles Darwin's time the direct evidence for human evolution, the fossil record, was very limited and fragmentary. Despite this Darwin was able to bring together a variety of other evidence and to propose a series of hypotheses about the course and causes of human evolution. Today, 150 years later, the evidence, both fossil and otherwise, for our ancestry is many orders of magnitude better. Some of Darwin's proposals have been confirmed, while others have been superseded due to newer or more complete data. The topic of human origins is consistently among the most popular and interesting for the general public. At the same time the concept of human evolution, and the data which support it, are the targets of the most vehement rejection by a broad range of creationists. Denying the evidence for human evolution is a central focus for all evolution opponents. The reasons for this help to illuminate the "controversy" about evolution as a whole.

Bagel Brunch Celebrating Darwin Day
Kol Hadash | Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism
Suggested donations: Nonmembers $10; Members $7.50


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Contact Kol Hadash

Darwin, Human Evolution, and Evolution Denialism

Time: 
10:00am
Date: 
February 14, 2010
Location: 
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Avenue
Albany, CA 94706


In Charles Darwin's time the direct evidence for human evolution, the fossil record, was very limited and fragmentary. Despite this Darwin was able to bring together a variety of other evidence and to propose a series of hypotheses about the course and causes of human evolution. Today, 150 years later, the evidence, both fossil and otherwise, for our ancestry is many orders of magnitude better. Some of Darwin's proposals have been confirmed, while others have been superseded due to newer or more complete data. The topic of human origins is consistently among the most popular and interesting for the general public. At the same time the concept of human evolution, and the data which support it, are the targets of the most vehement rejection by a broad range of creationists. Denying the evidence for human evolution is a central focus for all evolution opponents. The reasons for this help to illuminate the "controversy" about evolution as a whole.

Bagel Brunch Celebrating Darwin Day
Kol Hadash | Northern California Community for Humanistic Judaism
Suggested donations: Nonmembers $10; Members $7.50


For more information: 
Contact Kol Hadash

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
2:30am
Date: 
February 11, 2010
Location: 
Room 140
Barry Hall Auditorium
NDSU Downtown Campus
Fargo, North Dakota


Since the early part of the last century, American society has been witness to a very public dispute between those who deny the evidence for biological evolution and the scientific community that has been responsible for working to unearth and interpret that evidence. The public image presented by those who reject evolution has taken many forms over the years, from a reliance on the Bible as an inerrant text, to the more recent formulation of "intelligent design," which attempts to present the creationist argument as one of scientifically equal weight to that of evolutionary biology. Dr. Scott will discuss the history of these controversies and offer her thoughts on the future tactics of the creationists.

a talk for the
North Dakota State University's
Darwin Day Celebration


sponsored by the
Biological Sciences Department

For more information: 
Email Peggy Biga

The Evolution of Creationism

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
February 11, 2010
Location: 
Room 140
Barry Hall Auditorium
NDSU Downtown Campus
Fargo, North Dakota


Since the early part of the last century, American society has been witness to a very public dispute between those who deny the evidence for biological evolution and the scientific community that has been responsible for working to unearth and interpret that evidence. The public image presented by those who reject evolution has taken many forms over the years, from a reliance on the Bible as an inerrant text, to the more recent formulation of "intelligent design," which attempts to present the creationist argument as one of scientifically equal weight to that of evolutionary biology. Dr. Scott will discuss the history of these controversies and offer her thoughts on the future tactics of the creationists.

a talk for the
North Dakota State University's
Darwin Day Celebration


sponsored by the
Biological Sciences Department

For more information: 
Email Peggy Biga

Not Over After Dover: What we learned from Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
11:00pm
Date: 
January 25, 2010
Location: 
Lory Student Center, East Ballroom
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO


The 2005 Kitzmiller v Dover trial was a test of the constitutionality of teaching Intelligent Design - and ID failed. In response, the creationist movement has evolved new strategies calling for teaching the "strengths and weaknesses of evolution" or the "critical analysis of evolution," but these turn out to be creationism in disguise. Dr. Scott will discuss the Kitzmiller trial and its aftermath.

This is a presentation of the
Colloquium in the Life Sciences
sponsored by the graduate students of CSU, and is open to the public.

For more information: 
Contact Leon van Eck at cas_colloquium@mail.colostate.edu

Not Over After Dover: What we learned from Kitzmiller v. Dover

Time: 
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Date: 
January 25, 2010
Location: 
Lory Student Center, East Ballroom
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO


The 2005 Kitzmiller v Dover trial was a test of the constitutionality of teaching Intelligent Design - and ID failed. In response, the creationist movement has evolved new strategies calling for teaching the "strengths and weaknesses of evolution" or the "critical analysis of evolution," but these turn out to be creationism in disguise. Dr. Scott will discuss the Kitzmiller trial and its aftermath.

This is a presentation of the
Colloquium in the Life Sciences
sponsored by the graduate students of CSU, and is open to the public.

For more information: 
Contact Leon van Eck at cas_colloquium@mail.colostate.edu

Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
January 21, 2010
Location: 
The Bone Room
1569 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA
510-526-5252


Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will read from the second edition of her book, "Evolution vs Creationism:
An Introduction," discuss the current status of the creationism vs evolution controversy, and answer questions at Berkeley's Bone Room.

This is part of
The Bone Room Presents
lecture series

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or email The Bone Room

Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
January 21, 2010
Location: 
The Bone Room
1569 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA
510-526-5252


Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will read from the second edition of her book, "Evolution vs Creationism:
An Introduction," discuss the current status of the creationism vs evolution controversy, and answer questions at Berkeley's Bone Room.

This is part of
The Bone Room Presents
lecture series

For more information: 
Click here.
or email The Bone Room

Addressing Creationist Students in the Modern Science Classroom

Featuring: 


Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
January 16, 2010
Location: 
Sheraton Grand Hotel
1234 J Street
Sacramento, CA

Creationist students pose a challenge to science educators in a number of disciplines. From biology to the earth sciences to anthropology, creationist students are resistant to the findings of science, misunderstand the nature of science, and increasingly assert their right to espouse creationist alternatives to science, especially under the guise of “intelligent design.” This poses a problem for faculty of teacher education programs, who may have received little training regarding how to handle creationist students.

This themed paper set examines the major aspects involved in this issue, and provides concrete advice for educators seeking to respect the religious views of students, while ensuring that preservice teachers are effectively prepared to be excellent science teachers.

Three presenters from the National Center for Science Education, the nation’s leading organization defending the teaching of evolution in public schools, will detail the aspects of this issue. Steven Newton will introduce the topic with a talk titled, “Why Creationism is Still an Issue for the Modern Science Classroom.” Louise Mead will explain how one teacher education program dealt with the presence of creationist students among its teachers in training. Eugenie Scott will talk on the topic of, “How to Prepare Teachers for Dealing with Creationist Students.”

a presentation at the
ASTE 2010
International Conference

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