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Why Evolution is Difficult: An American Perspective

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, PhD


Time: 
5:15pm
Date: 
October 27, 2009
Location: 
National Science Learning Centre
York University
York, UK


The American antievolution movement is much more vigorous than that in Great Britain or Europe, but antievolutionism is nonetheless expanding outside of the U.S. The 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 in the U.S. will be described.


A presentation at the British Council-sponsored

International Seminar on Darwin, Evolution, and Education

For more information: 
Contact: Lois Morgan

Why Evolution is Difficult: An American Perspective

Time: 
9:15am
Date: 
October 27, 2009
Location: 
National Science Learning Centre
York University
York, UK


The American antievolution movement is much more vigorous than that in Great Britain or Europe, but antievolutionism is nonetheless expanding outside of the U.S. The 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 in the U.S. will be described.


A presentation at the British Council-sponsored

International Seminar on Darwin, Evolution, and Education

For more information: 
Contact: Lois Morgan

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.



Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
October 20, 2009
Location: 
Cambridge University
United Kingdom




In the beginning ... there was the effort to ban the teaching of evolution, and John T. Scopes is the Tennessee teacher whose trial made the creationism/evolution controversy an American icon. But American antievolutionism has continued through until the present day, and it is accurate to describe its evolution as morphological change in response to restrictions of its legal environment. Antievolutionism changed from stressing the Bible as its source of authority to using the imprimatur of science -- and we have seen the evolution of creation science and intelligent design. Whither antievolutionism in the future? We predict that creation science and intelligent design will change yet further – and in some ways, going back to their roots.

For more information: 
Contact: email Rob Asher

The Evolution of Creationism

Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
October 20, 2009
Location: 
Cambridge University
United Kingdom




In the beginning ... there was the effort to ban the teaching of evolution, and John T. Scopes is the Tennessee teacher whose trial made the creationism/evolution controversy an American icon. But American antievolutionism has continued through until the present day, and it is accurate to describe its evolution as morphological change in response to restrictions of its legal environment. Antievolutionism changed from stressing the Bible as its source of authority to using the imprimatur of science -- and we have seen the evolution of creation science and intelligent design. Whither antievolutionism in the future? We predict that creation science and intelligent design will change yet further – and in some ways, going back to their roots.

For more information: 
Contact: email Rob Asher

In the Beginning: Explanations from Science and Religion

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
October 14, 2009
Location: 
WOSU@COSI Studios
Center Of Science & Industry (COSI)
333 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio


A panel with Eugenie C. Scott, Francisco Ayala, and Denis Lamoureux.

Part of a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species at Ohio State University. The panel, sponsored by OSU and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), is part of a continuing series, “Intersection of Faith and Evolution: Defining Science and Religion”. The panel will be moderated by Neal Conan, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

Free to the public, but to reserve a seat, call 614.228.2674

For more information: 
Visit the COSI Calendar

In the Beginning: Explanations from Science and Religion

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
October 14, 2009
Location: 
WOSU@COSI Studios
Center Of Science & Industry (COSI)
333 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio


A panel with Eugenie C. Scott, Francisco Ayala, and Denis Lamoureux.

Part of a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species at Ohio State University. The panel, sponsored by OSU and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), is part of a continuing series, “Intersection of Faith and Evolution: Defining Science and Religion”. The panel will be moderated by Neal Conan, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

Free to the public, but to reserve a seat, call 614.228.2674

For more information: 
Visit the COSI Calendar

Creationism: Still Crazy After all these Years

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
6:45pm
Date: 
October 4, 2009
Location: 
Atheist Alliance International Annual Meeting
Room: TBA
Burbank Airport Marriot & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California


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 obviously examples of religious advocacy, and are believed to therefore be able to withstand constitutional challenge.

Book signing follows

For more information: 
Contact: Viktor Nagornyy

Creationism: Still Crazy After all these Years

Time: 
10:45am
Date: 
October 4, 2009
Location: 
Atheist Alliance International Annual Meeting
Room: TBA
Burbank Airport Marriot & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California


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 obviously examples of religious advocacy, and are believed to therefore be able to withstand constitutional challenge.

Book signing follows

For more information: 
Contact: Viktor Nagornyy

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
2:30am
Date: 
September 30, 2009
Location: 
Auditorium
Houston Museum of Natural Science




From creationism to creation science to intelligent design to the present day “evidence against evolution” approach, antievolutionists have consistently changed their strategy in response to legal decisions. Evolution traditionally has been presented as weak or invalid science, and as incompatible with Christian faith. Currently, the teaching of antievolutionary ideas in science class is framed as having pedagogical value – yet there is little pedagogical value in teaching as science ideas that are not scientific. These culture wars are too frequently brought into the classroom, hampering the science education of the next generation of Americans.

For more information: 
Contact: Amy Potts
For a list of other Darwin talks in series, click here

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
September 30, 2009
Location: 
Auditorium
Houston Museum of Natural Science




From creationism to creation science to intelligent design to the present day “evidence against evolution” approach, antievolutionists have consistently changed their strategy in response to legal decisions. Evolution traditionally has been presented as weak or invalid science, and as incompatible with Christian faith. Currently, the teaching of antievolutionary ideas in science class is framed as having pedagogical value – yet there is little pedagogical value in teaching as science ideas that are not scientific. These culture wars are too frequently brought into the classroom, hampering the science education of the next generation of Americans.

For more information: 
Contact: Amy Potts
For a list of other Darwin talks in series, click here

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