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Oregon: Creationism Continues to Simmer in the Pacific Northwest

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Oregon: Creationism Continues to Simmer in the Pacific Northwest
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
3
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Fall
Page(s): 
5
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In Oregon, whenever a school board considering creationism requests advice from the state's Attorney General, they are told it's illegal. Then the same question pops up in another district.
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More Patter of Little Pandas

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
More Patter of Little Pandas
Author(s): 
John Cole
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Spring
Page(s): 
21
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Reports readers will by now by familiar with the "intelligent design" book, Of Pandas and People. We have reported ongoing efforts to introduce the book into public schools as an alternative to naturalistic evolution. Sometimes the significance of this book probably gets lost (it is, after all, just one book, so why should we care about it?).

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Texas: No Pandas for Plano

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Texas: No Pandas for Plano
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1995
Date: 
Spring
Page(s): 
7
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The creationist textbook Of Pandas and People has been rejected again, this time in Plano, Texas, not far from Richardson, home of the book's publisher, the Foundation for Thought and Ethics.

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Televangelist Promotes Of Pandas and People

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Televangelist Promotes Of Pandas and People
Author(s): 
Eugenie C Scott
Issue: 
2
Year: 
1992
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
19
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Televangelist James Dobson's group, "Focus on the Family," is a leading proponent of the religious right agenda. In the summer 1992 edition of his Citizen newsletter, Dobson directs his supporters to march down to the school board and demand of Of Pandas and People be used when evolution is taught. Pandas, of course, is a creationist "intelligent design" book intended as a supplement to high school biology courses.

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They're Here!

Year: 
1989
Reviewer: 
Michael Ruse
Title: 
Of Pandas and People
Author(s): 
Dean Kenyon and Percival Davis, edited by Charles Thaxton
Several years ago, I was a witness in Arkansas testifying against a bill pased into law mandating the teaching of Biblical literalism, alongside evolution, in state schools. The ACLU brought suit on the grounds that this violated the separation of Church and State. The law was thrown out, as was right and proper, but I still remember what one of the ACLU lawyers said: "Don't think the Creationists will go away. They won't! They'll just regroup and be smarter and sneakier next time."

Dallas: Haughton Publishing, 1989.
About the Author(s): 
Michael Ruse is Professor of Philosophy and Zoology at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, where he studies philosophy of science and the history of Darwinism. Author of several books, his most recent is The Darwinian Paradigm, published in 1989 by Routledge.

Michael Ruse (as of 2004)
Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL


This review was originally published in Bookwatch Reviews 2(11) in 1989, and republished in Reviews of Creationist Books, second edition, edited by Liz Rank Hughes (Berkeley: NCSE, 1993). Transcribed for the web by Nick Matzke.
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Gross Misrepresentation

Year: 
1989
Reviewer: 
Kevin Padian
Title: 
Of Pandas and People
Of Pandas and People is a wholesale distortion of modern biology. It is straight fundamentalist creationism, but this may not be apparent to many readers because the philosophy is couched in a user-friendly voice, with plenty of slick graphics and nice photographs. The text seems sweetly reasonable, but as one reads farther and deeper, the tone becomes angrier and the distortions of science more pervasive.

Author(s): 
Dean Kenyon and Percival Davis, edited by Charles Thaxton
Dallas: Haughton Publishing, 1989.
About the Author(s): 

Kevin Padian (as of 2004):
Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Curator of Paleontology, University of California Museum of Paleontology
Berkeley, CA

Kevin Padian is a paleontologist at the University of California, Berkeley. He is one of the authors of the new California Science Framework.


This review was originally published in Bookwatch Reviews 2(11) in 1989, and republished in Reviews of Creationist Books, second edition, edited by Liz Rank Hughes (Berkeley: NCSE, 1993). Transcribed for the web by Glenn Branch and Nick Matzke.

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A View From the Past

Year: 
1989
Reviewer: 
Gerald Skoog
Title: 
Of Pandas and People

Can structures such as fins, feathers, and skulls be the result of "common engineering work of an intelligent artisan?" In answering this question, Charles Thaxton, the Academic Editor for Of Pandas and People, affirmatively sums up the premise of this book which is "life is like a manufactured object, the result of intelligent shaping of matter." In striving to meet the goal of presenting data "that bear on the central question of biological origins," the authors make the following assertions:

Author(s): 
Dean Kenyon and Percival Davis, edited by Charles Thaxton
Dallas: Haughton Publishing, 1989.
About the Author(s): 

Gerald Skoog is Professor and Chairperson of Educational Leadership and Secondary Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and was President of the National Science Teachers Association in 1985-86.


Note: This review was originally published in Bookwatch Reviews 2(11) in 1989, and republished in Reviews of Creationist Books, second edition, edited by Liz Rank Hughes (Berkeley: NCSE, 1993). Transcribed for the web by Nick Matzke and Glenn Branch.

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Alabama Textbook Selection in Context

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Alabama Textbook Selection in Context
Issue: 
5
Year: 
1989
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
3–4
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Last summer, the Alabama State Board of Education, after much vacillation, required for the first time that evolution be included in the state curriculum guide. That was the good news. The bad news was that, for political reasons, a statement was sent out to teachers saying, "Consistent with the expressions of the U.S. Supreme Court in Edwards v.
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Selling Pandas

Title: 
Selling Pandas
Author(s): 
Robert J. Schadewald
Issue: 
1

For about a year, the Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) has been trying to get the creationist book Of Pandas and People into the public schools as a supplementary text. Scott Brande described how FTE, Haughton Publishing Company (the nominal publisher), and various religious activists tried to get it approved in Alabama (NCSE Reports 9(6):5, 10(1);8). Eugenie Scott has reviewed Pandas (NCSE Reports 10(1):16).

Year: 
1991
Date: 
January–February
Page(s): 
10–11
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The Foundation for Thought and Ethics

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
The Foundation for Thought and Ethics
Author(s): 
John A. Thomas
Issue: 
4
Year: 
1990
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
18–19
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Readers of NCSE Reports know that a new creationist book, Of Pandas and People, is making the rounds. Scott Brande has described the efforts of Haughton Publishing Co. to get Pandas adopted in Alabama as a supplementary text (NCSE Reports 9(6):5 and 10(1):8). Pandas presents the "intelligent design" version of the origin of species in an attractive wrapper without any explicit sign of religious creationism (see review, NCSE Reports 10(1):16).

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