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Webinar conducted December 18, 2013.
NCSE conducts monthly webinars (interactive online trainings), and archives those trainings for later viewing. These trainings will cover a range of topics, from media skills, lobbying, and advocacy using social media, to skills for building a local or statewide group of "citizens for science" and for recruiting new members and moving them into leadership positions.
by Peter M. J. Hess, Director, Religious Community Outreach
Opponents of evolution often claim that their opposition is based upon a lack of supporting scientific evidence. In reality, their objection frequently stems from a separate issue: how to read the Bible and interpret the view of nature it projects.
by Kevin Padian
Department of Integrative Biology & Museum of Paleontology
University of California, Berkeley CA
What is Paleontology? The Fossil Record and Evolution
A bit of history: the progression of life through time, as shown in the fossil record, was well known and generally accepted in the early 1800s, long before Charles Darwin ever sailed on the Beagle. People in England and on the Continent knew that life had changed through time, and that the deeper one went in the rock column, the more different from living forms the fossils became. Since that time the fossils have always documented evolution; the question in Darwin's time was the mechanism or mechanisms that could cause the change.
Certain scientific questions are of special interest to discussions about science and religion, such as: How old is the cosmos? How old is the earth? When did life originate on earth and how do we know? Scientific answers to such questions offer unique perspectives on our lives and the context in which they take place.
by Steven Newton, Public Information Project DirectorThe age of the Earth is 4.54 billion years (Ga or Gyr), a number which geologists have determined by several independent methods. Because of the recycling of crustal rocks by plate tectonics, no direct material from the earliest Earth still exists. However, geologists are able to analyze meteorites and lunar rocks returned by the Apollo missions.