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How to respond to attacks on science education

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Description: What can citizens like you do to respond when science education comes under attack? How can you and other concerned citizens organize to fight back? What can you do to prevent attacks on science education in your community? 

From the World-Wide Flood to the World Wide Web: Creationism in the Digital Age

Title: 
From the World-Wide Flood to the World Wide Web: Creationism in the Digital Age
Author(s): 
Stephen C Burnett
Issue: 
4

INTRODUCTION

Recent research has shown strong support for science among the public in the US (National Science Board 2006). At the same time, this research shows that this same public is generally not well-informed about scientific issues (National Science Board 2006). In fact, the NSB report concludes that “the public’s lack of knowledge about basic scientific facts and the scientific process can have far reaching implications” (National Science Board 2006). This problem is not limited to adults, as tests of scientific literacy rate US students below the level of their counterparts in many other countries (National Science Board 2006). In particular, understanding of evolutionary biology is especially poor among Americans (Miller and others 2006), and it seems to be an issue from grade school (Michigan House Civics Commission 2006) to college (Holden 2006a). While this issue exists in other countries, the United States is the arguably the developed nation where the problem is most severe (Lazcano 2005; Miller and others 2006). Clearly, public perception of evolutionary biology is out of line with the actual state of science, and efforts to correct this should be a high priority.

Year: 
2008
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
17–18, 23–27
About the Author(s): 
Stephen C Burnett
Department of Natural Sciences
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow GA 30260
sburnett@clayton.edu

Stephen Burnett is an associate professor of biology at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. He teaches courses in evolution, vertebrate anatomy, animal behavior, and general biology. His research interests include public education and various aspects of animal behavior.
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Review: The Science of God

Year: 
1998
Title: 
The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom
Issue: 
2
Author(s): 
Gerald L. Schroeder
This book is essentially an elaboration and update of Schroeder's earlier book Genesis and the Big Bang published in 1990. Schroeder is an Israeli physicist who has also extensively studied biblical interpretation. He uses the arguments of the Anthropic principle (the Big Bang and the fine-tuning of the universal constants) as evidence for God; but he also insists that the Bible and science agree. Genesis is not to be taken literally nor dismissed as poetry but must be interpreted correctly following the lead of talmudic scholars such as Nahmanides and Maimonides.
Date: 
March–April
New York: Broadway Books, 1998. 240 pages.
Page(s): 
33
Reviewer: 
Frank Sonleitner
Media Type: 
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Review: Forbidden Archaeology's Impact

Year: 
1999
Issue: 
3
Title: 
Forbidden Archeology's Impact: How a Controversial New Book Shocked the Scientific Community and Became an Underground Classic

What if somebody published a 592-page book to answer all the critics of his previous book? That's what Michael Cremo does in Forbidden Archaeology's Impact. In 1993, Cremo and Richard Thompson published Forbidden Archaeology (FA), a voluminous exposé of "anomalous archaeological artifacts" that suggested modern people possibly lived on earth almost as long as the world existed, some 4.3 billion years ago.

Date: 
May–June
Author(s): 
Michael A. Cremo
Badger, CA: Torchlight Publishing, 1998. 592 pages.
Page(s): 
14–17
Reviewer: 
Tom Morrow
About the Author(s): 
Tom Morrow
662 Hogskin Valley Rd
Washburn TN 37888-1735
Media Type: 
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Review: Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis

Year: 
2000
Title: 
Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis: A Study of the "Six Days" of Creation, The Origin of Man and the Deluge and Antiquity of Man Based on Science and Sacred Scripture; A Vindication of the Papal Encyclicals and Rulings of the Church on These Questions. New Edition.
Issue: 
6
If there is any book that was really pivotal in laying "creation science" before the public, it is surely Duane Gish's Evolution: The Fossils Say No!, first published in 1972. Among other tidbits in this book, there is a 13-page exposé in which Gish purports to demolish the claims for the very existence of "Peking Man", arguing that the conclusions supporting this human fossil are based on not merely bad science, but fraud.
Author(s): 
Fr Patrick O'Connell, BD
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
17–18, 23–24
Rockford (IL): Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. 1993. 386 pages.
Reviewer: 
Colin Groves, Australian National University

References

Black D, Teilhard de Chardin P, Young CC, Pei WC. Fossil man in China. Geological Memoirs, Geological Survey of China, 1933; Series A, nr 11.
Boule M. Le Sinanthrope. L'Anthropologie, 1937; 47: 1–22.
Brace CL. Creationists and the Pithecanthropines. Creation/Evolution 1987; nr 19: 16–23.
Jia L, Huang W. The Story of Peking Man. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1990.
Johnson JWG. The Crumbling Theory of Evolution. Brisbane: Queensland Binding Service. 1982.
van Oosterzee P. Dragon Bones: The Story of Peking Man. St. Leonards, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin, 1999.
Ritchie A. The creation science controversy — a response to deception. Australian Biologist, 1991; 4 (1): 116–21.
Scharle T. Book review: Did Darwin Get it Right? Catholics and the Theory of Evolution. RNCSE 1999 Nov/Dec; 19 (6): 42–3.
Shapiro HL. Peking Man. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1974.
Weidenreich F. On the earliest representatives of modern mankind recovered on the soil of East Asia. Peking Natural History Bulletin 1939; 13: 161–74.
Weidenreich F. The skull of Sinanthropus pekinensis. Palaeontologia Sinica 1943, new series D, nr 10.

About the Author(s): 
Colin Groves
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia
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Over the Hump — Taking the AIG Camel Challenge!

Title: 
Over the Hump — Taking the AIG Camel Challenge!
Author(s): 
Andrew J Petto
Issue: 
6

A Camel Skull!!!

How Can a Camel Skull Be Used in the Ministry?

Take a look at the following three overheads. I think you will see how we can use even a camel skull to show that our pre-conceived ideas will influence how we see the world around us. Remember when you use these the audience will not know (usually) that it is a camel skull.

Year: 
1998
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
15–17
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