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Why Darwin Matters

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
2:30pm
Date: 
February 8, 2009
Location: 
San Francisco Public Library
Latino/Hispanic Conference Room (downstairs)
100 Larkin Street



A talk for the San Francisco Atheists' “Evolutionpalooza 2009” Darwin Day celebration. In 1859, Charles Darwin convincingly presented “transmutation” of species to other scientists and the public, and suggested that the major mechanism of that process was his theory of natural selection. Since his time, evolution, the inference that living things have descended with modification from common ancestors, has been supported by every development in the biological sciences, from the discovery of Mendelian to molecular genetics. Evolution is the key to understanding virtually every area in biology from biochemistry, to cell biology, to organismic biology, to population biology, to ecology. Evolution is the glue that holds biology together as a coherent science, and tells us why biology is the way it is.

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What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
11:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley



After the failure of Intelligent Design to survive a legal test of its constitutionality in the classroom (Kitzmiller v Dover) the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or engaging students in a “critical analysis of evolution.” These strategies are, of course, creationism in disguise. In lieu of Dover-like policies promoting the teaching of Intelligent Design, the Discovery Institute has provided model legislation for states to promote these approaches. This “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects creationism du jour.

[Dr. Scott's talk is part of the symposium, “Darwin: the man, his science, and his legacy,” sponsored by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and lasting from 9:00am to 4:00pm]


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Update on Evolution Education

Featuring: 
Andrew J. Petto
Andrew J. PettoAndrew J. Petto
Time: 
9:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
Community Room at Chase Bank
4702 S. Packard Ave.
Cudahy WI

A presentation for Southeast Wisconsin Freethinkers.

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Darwin: The man, his science, and his legacy

Featuring: 
Keith Thomson, Kevin Padian, Kipling Will, and Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. His birthday is an opportunity to celebrate his contribution to science and its influence in such diverse academic fields as biology, anthropology, and medicine. To kick off the multiple celebrations that will be taking place in the Bay Area, UCMP and NCSE offer you the opportunity to join historians and evolutionary biologists as they discuss the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin, his contributions, his legacy, and our current understandings of evolutionary theory. Speakers will include Keith Thomson, Kipling Will, Kevin Padian, and Eugenie Scott.

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Darwin: The man, his science, and his legacy

Featuring: 
Keith Thomson, Kevin Padian, Kipling Will, and Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. His birthday is an opportunity to celebrate his contribution to science and its influence in such diverse academic fields as biology, anthropology, and medicine. To kick off the multiple celebrations that will be taking place in the Bay Area, UCMP and NCSE offer you the opportunity to join historians and evolutionary biologists as they discuss the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin, his contributions, his legacy, and our current understandings of evolutionary theory. Speakers will include Keith Thomson, Kipling Will, Kevin Padian, and Eugenie Scott.

For more information: 

Update on Evolution Education

Featuring: 
Andrew J. Petto
Andrew J. PettoAndrew J. Petto
Time: 
1:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
Community Room at Chase Bank
4702 S. Packard Ave.
Cudahy WI

A presentation for Southeast Wisconsin Freethinkers.

For more information: 

What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
3:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley



After the failure of Intelligent Design to survive a legal test of its constitutionality in the classroom (Kitzmiller v Dover) the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or engaging students in a “critical analysis of evolution.” These strategies are, of course, creationism in disguise. In lieu of Dover-like policies promoting the teaching of Intelligent Design, the Discovery Institute has provided model legislation for states to promote these approaches. This “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects creationism du jour.

[Dr. Scott's talk is part of the symposium, “Darwin: the man, his science, and his legacy,” sponsored by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and lasting from 9:00am to 4:00pm]


For more information: 
Click here

Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
February 5, 2009
Location: 
176 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

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.

Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
February 5, 2009
Location: 
176 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

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.

Intelligent Design on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Ralph Taggart and Frank Ravitch
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 3, 2009
Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

A screening of NOVA's Peabody Award-winning documentary about the 2005 intelligent design trial in Dover, PA. The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Taggart of the Michigan State University Department of Geological Sciences, Frank Ravitch of the MSU Law School, and NCSE's Joshua Rosenau.

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