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"Alternative Theories" Legislation in Alabama

On February 17, Senate Bill 336 -- entitled the "Academic Freedom Act" -- was introduced in the Alabama state Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee.

Eugenie Scott on the Radio

NCSE Executive Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will appear on the Seti Institute's "Are We Alone?" radio program this coming Sunday, February 22, at 10 PM EST.

From the "Are We Alone?" web site:

Skeptical Sunday: The Darwin Conspiracy

Imagine a group of evolutionists, sitting in a darkened room, busily plotting how to forge fossils and skew facts so that textbooks tilt in favor of Darwinian evolution.

Branch and Scott article in San Jose Mercury News

"Assaults on evolution have evolved as well," a Perspective piece written by NCSE's Deputy Director Glenn Branch and Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott, appeared in the February 15, 2004, issue of the San Jose Mercury News. It will be available on the Mercury-News's web site for a limited time.

Happy Darwin Day!

In addition to the usual reasons for us to celebrate Darwin Day, we have three more.

First, due to popular demand, Alan Gishlick's acclaimed critique of Icons of Evolution, "ICONS OF EVOLUTION? Why much of what Jonathan Wells writes about evolution is wrong," is now available in PDF format on the NCSE web site. You may download the critique as one file (broadband connection is recommended) or as individual chapters.

Understanding Evolution

The National Center for Science Education and the University of California Museum of Paleontology are pleased to announce that the Understanding Evolution web site is now live.

Georgia Regresses: Drops E-Word


Georgia is in the process of revising its 1997 “Quality Control Curriculum” (QCC) science education standards. The previous standards received a grade of F on Dr. Lawrence Lerner’s 2000 evaluation of science education standards produced for the Fordham Foundation. The earlier standards used the word “evolution,” but according to Lerner, “not in a way that encourages clarification of its role in the life sciences.”

The New Creationism and Its Threat to Science Literacy and Education

Joel Cracraft’s editorial “The New Creationism and Its Threat to Science Literacy and Education” appears in the January 2004 issue of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Cracraft, the president of AIBS, is also Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History and a Supporter of NCSE.

Bill Requiring Equal Treatment of Intelligent Design and Evolution

A bill to be introduced in the current session of the Missouri General Assembly would require "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design". House Bill 911 contains a long list of proposed definitions of terms and concepts such as "analogous naturalistic process", "biological intelligent design", "destiny", and "extrapolated radiometric data".

Grand Canyon National Park Embroiled in Creationism Issue

In August 2003, NCSE sponsored a raft trip down Grand Canyon. We then became aware that the Grand Canyon Association, a private nonprofit organized to benefit Grand Canyon National Park, was selling a creationist book in its bookstores.

Roseville Teachers Reject Antievolutionist Materials

Science teachers in the Roseville Joint Union High School District have told the district that they do not want to add antievolutionist materials to the district science curriculum, according to the Sacramento Bee (December 28, 2003). The materials, recommended by Larry Caldwell, a local parent, and Cornelius Hunter, author of Darwin’s God and Darwin’s Proof, included the videotape of Icons of Evolution.

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