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Matzke to appear on Science Friday

Scheduled for the second hour of NPR's Science Friday show for February 23, 2007, are Edward Humes, Randy Olson, and NCSE's own Nick Matzke. Science Friday's description of the show (with links added):

In this hour of Science Friday, we'll look at a collection of topics centered around evolution, creationism, and education. First, we'll take a look back at the Dover, Pennsylvania evolution trial.

Alliance for Science evolution essay contest

The Alliance for Science -- a non-profit organization which seeks "to heighten public understanding and support for science and to preserve the distinctions between science and religion in the public sphere" -- is holding a contest:

Why would I want my doctor to have studied evolution? If you are a high school student in the United States, we want to hear your answer to that question.

Eugenie C. Scott honored by AAAS

NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott, along with nine science teachers who have been on the front lines of the evolution wars, is receiving the American Association for Advancement of Science's 2006 Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.

Sober explains what is wrong with "intelligent design"

Writing in the Quarterly Review of Biology (March 2007, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. 3-8), Elliott Sober answers the question, "What is wrong with intelligent design?" in a particularly clear and informative way.

"Dumbing down evolution to kill it"

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (February 12, 2007), Edward Humes commemorated Darwin Day by addressing the pervasive misunderstanding of evolution by the public. "There are really two theories of evolution," he explains. "There is the genuine scientific theory, and there is the talk-radio pretend version, designed not to enlighten but to deceive and enrage. ...

Evolution returns to Kansas

On February 13, 2007, the Kansas state board of education voted 6-4 to approve a set of state science education standards in which evolution is treated in a scientifically appropriate and pedagogically responsible way. These standards replace a set adopted in November 2005, in which evolution was systematically misrepresented as scientifically controversial.

Kansas state board of education urged to restore evolution

On February 13, 2007, the Kansas state board of education is expected to vote on adopting new state science education standards based on the recommendations of the original science standards writing committee. If these standards are adopted, they would replace the standards passed in November 2005 by the previous board, which were rewritten under the guidance of local "intelligent design" activists to impugn the scientific standing of evolution.

Fortey on "intelligent design"

A recent article by the paleontologist Richard Fortey in the science pages of the Telegraph (January 30, 2007) is devoted to criticizing "intelligent design" creationism. Fortey's article, titled "The Ego and the ID," argues that "intelligent design" proponents succeed in the public sphere by taking advantage of the public's love of fairness and balance.

A chance to help NCSE's archives!

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity -- as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. We cordially invite you now to help NCSE's archives keep up-to-date by purchasing books for NCSE through our wish list at

Islamic creationism in France

Thousands of copies of The Atlas of Creation, by the Turkish creationist known as Harun Yahya, were recently sent to French schools, colleges, and universities, according to Le Figaro (February 2, 2007).


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