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NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Peter M. Hoffmann's Life's Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos (Basic Books, 2012). The preview consists of the greater part of chapter 8, "The Watch and the Ribosome," in which Hoffman asks, "How do molecules evolve?" and replies, "Despite the histrionic debates in various American school boards, the mechanism of evolution is ... quite obvious when contemplated with an open mind." Hoffman addresses "irreducible complexity" and "the information challenge" in passing later in the chapter.
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.
The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with statements from two biology departments at universities in Oklahoma.
NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line.