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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.

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Contact: Amy Potts
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Evolution is fundamental. Why is it so controversial?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
11:30pm
Date: 
September 21, 2009
Location: 
Universidade dos Açores
Ponta Delgada, Azores



Charles Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859 was an extraordinary milestone for science, but it also had profound effects on theology, philosophy, literature, and society in general. Nowhere is this more true than in the United States, where the teaching of evolution has been contentious since the early part of the 20th century. Why have Darwin’s ideas been so valuable– and yet so controversial? The answers lie not in science, but in history and culture.

Opening Address of the
Colloquium on Darwin and Society
of the Conference:
"DARWIN'S MISTAKE and what we are doing to correct it"
[Darwin's comment of the Azores, "... did not find much worth seeing."]

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Evolution is fundamental. Why is it so controversial?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
3:30pm
Date: 
September 21, 2009
Location: 
Universidade dos Açores
Ponta Delgada, Azores



Charles Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859 was an extraordinary milestone for science, but it also had profound effects on theology, philosophy, literature, and society in general. Nowhere is this more true than in the United States, where the teaching of evolution has been contentious since the early part of the 20th century. Why have Darwin’s ideas been so valuable– and yet so controversial? The answers lie not in science, but in history and culture.

Opening Address of the
Colloquium on Darwin and Society
of the Conference:
"DARWIN'S MISTAKE and what we are doing to correct it"
[Darwin's comment of the Azores, "... did not find much worth seeing."]

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What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
8:00pm
Noon
Date: 
September 17, 2009
Location: 
Libary Auditorium
Utah Valley University
Orem, Utah


After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour.
A presentation in the
Duane E. Jeffery Lecture Series in Evolution Education

For more information: 
Contact: Louise Illes

What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
12:00pm
Noon
Date: 
September 17, 2009
Location: 
Libary Auditorium
Utah Valley University
Orem, Utah


After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour.
A presentation in the
Duane E. Jeffery Lecture Series in Evolution Education

For more information: 
Contact: Louise Illes

How to Teach Evolution Better

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
September 8, 2009
Location: 
105 Jordan Hall
University of Notre Dame




Evolution sometimes is not taught at all at the pre-college level, and when it is taught, it is not always presented accurately. Often, misconceptions of evolution are taught, such as natural selection resulting in perfection of adaptation, or fish evolving into amphibians evolving into reptiles evolving into mammals. Scott argues that if evolution were better taught at the college level, high school teachers (and the general public) will better understand evolution, and do a better job of teaching it to their own students. Common misconceptions will be discussed, and an argument for clearly teaching the “big ideas” of evolution – especially to undergraduates – will be supported.

Sponsored by the
Biology Graduate Student Organization


For more information: 
Contact: Peter Levi

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
September 8, 2009
Location: 
McKenna Auditorium
University of Notre Dame



In the beginning... there was the effort to ban the teaching of evolution, and John T. Scopes is remembered as the teacher whose trial made the creationism/evolution controversy an American icon. But American antievolutionism has expanded and diversified, 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 – in some ways, going back to their roots.

For more information: 
Email Peter Levi

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
September 8, 2009
Location: 
McKenna Auditorium
University of Notre Dame



In the beginning... there was the effort to ban the teaching of evolution, and John T. Scopes is remembered as the teacher whose trial made the creationism/evolution controversy an American icon. But American antievolutionism has expanded and diversified, 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 – in some ways, going back to their roots.

For more information: 
Email Peter Levi

How to Teach Evolution Better

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
September 8, 2009
Location: 
105 Jordan Hall
University of Notre Dame




Evolution sometimes is not taught at all at the pre-college level, and when it is taught, it is not always presented accurately. Often, misconceptions of evolution are taught, such as natural selection resulting in perfection of adaptation, or fish evolving into amphibians evolving into reptiles evolving into mammals. Scott argues that if evolution were better taught at the college level, high school teachers (and the general public) will better understand evolution, and do a better job of teaching it to their own students. Common misconceptions will be discussed, and an argument for clearly teaching the “big ideas” of evolution – especially to undergraduates – will be supported.

Sponsored by the
Biology Graduate Student Organization


For more information: 
Contact: Peter Levi

Is Intelligent Design Scientific?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
1:30am
Date: 
September 6, 2009
Location: 
Dragon*Con
Room 205-207 Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia



NCSE’s Eugenie C. Scott and Joshua Rosenau will attend Dragon*Con, the largest science fiction, fantasy, and popular culture conference in the country. Staff will participate in both the Skeptic and Science Tracks, and have a table in the exhibit area. In her lecture “Is Intelligent Design Scientific?”, Dr. Scott will contend that proponents of Intelligent Design argue for its scientifically validity, but virtually all scientists consider it unscientific or even a pseudoscience. Whether ID is scientific largely depends on one's definition of science. Among the definitions of science used by scientists, broader definitions might include ID, but even if ID is marginal science, are its empirical claims valid? Testimony presented in a court of law as well as that of science says "no."

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