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Review: Of Pandas and People

NCSE Reports
Year: 
1990
Issue: 
1
Date: 
January–February
Page(s): 
16–18
Reviewer: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of NCSE
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Work under Review
Title: 
Of Pandas and People
Author(s): 
Dean Kenyon and Percival Davis, edited by Charles Thaxton
Dallas: Haughton Publishing, 1989.


Of Pandas and People (hereafter Pandas) exemplifies the new creationism, which conceals its theological underpinnings better than the old Institute for Creation Research variety. Here, the Creator is cloaked in the euphemism "intelligent design." Like traditional creationist works, this book is laden with misstatements, misunderstandings, or incomplete descriptions of evolution, and the errors and omissions always favor "intelligent design." This review will describe only a few of its errors.

Science Text Adoptions in Alabama: Part II

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Science Text Adoptions in Alabama: Part II
Author(s): 
Scott Brande
Issue: 
1
Year: 
1990
Date: 
January–February
Page(s): 
8-10
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Science Textbook Adoptions in Alabama: Part I

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
Science Textbook Adoptions in Alabama: Part I
Author(s): 
Scott Brande
Issue: 
6
Year: 
1989
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
5-7
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Alabama has just witnessed its most serious challenge to the integrity of science education since 1977. The State Textbook Committee voted on October 2, 1989 not to consider Of Pandas and People a textbook submitted by Haughton Publishing (Dallas, Texas) for inclusion on the recommended list for science text adoptions. One committee member, quoted in a newspaper interview, remarked that Pandas "is a strictly religious book."

New Creationist Book On the Way

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
New Creationist Book On the Way
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
2
Year: 
1989
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
21
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The Texas-based Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) has been looking for two years or so (to our knowledge) for a publisher for a supplemental textbook for public school science classes. FTE’s goal is "to help restore freedom of choice to young people in the classroom, especially as it relates to matters of religion and conscience." Creationist-watchers will recognize this as a term of art for getting sectarian religious views into the classroom. Their supplementary book, originally entitled Biology and Origins, looks like it is going to finally get published.

A Review of Of Pandas and People as a Textbook Supplement

Title: 
A Review of Of Pandas and People as a Textbook Supplement
Author(s): 
Gary L Bennett
Issue: 
1–2
Throughout the country, school boards are receiving offers of free or low-cost copies of the supplementary textbook, Of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins, by Dean Kenyon and Percival Davis. NCSE member Gary Bennett completed a comprehensive review of Pandas last fall to assist the Idaho Department of Education in its decision on whether to adopt the book as a recognized classroom resource. We present to RNCSE readers this abbreviated version of his review to accompany the annual bibliography by Frank Sonleitner listing recent scientific research that addresses the issues raised by Pandas.]
Year: 
2008
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
31–34, 39
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Intelligent Design in Pratt County, Kansas

Title: 
Intelligent Design in Pratt County, Kansas
Author(s): 
Molleen Matsumura
Issue: 
4
Immediately after the Kansas State Board of Education's August 1999 adoption of science content standards that opened the door to teaching creationism (RNCSE 1999; 19 [3]: 6, 19 [4]: 7-9), speculation began about which local schools would walk through that doorway. Within a few weeks, NCSE heard that in Pratt County, Kansas, local activists were pressing for adoption of the "intelligent design" textbook Of Pandas and People (RNCSE 1999; 19 [4]: 5).
Year: 
2000
Date: 
July–August
Page(s): 
4
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Pandas Update

Title: 
Pandas Update
Author(s): 
Frank J Sonleitner
Issue: 
1–2
In 1989, Kenyon and Davis published the first edition of Of Pandas and People as a supplementary biology text. In both the first and second editions, the authors claim that there is scientific evidence against evolution in a number of fields of scientific research. Since 1995, I have searched the scientific literature in those fields identified in Pandas as being problematic for evolution and reported on it in our members' publications. As expected, a number of questions in the sciences were unanswered at the time of the original publication of Pandas in 1989.
Year: 
2000
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
40–64
About the Author(s): 
Frank J Sonleitner
Department of Zoology
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019
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The Elusive Scientific Basis of Intelligent Design Theory

Title: 
The Elusive Scientific Basis of Intelligent Design Theory
Author(s): 
George W Gilchrist
Issue: 
3
The book of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Origins by Percival Davis and Dean Kenyon is a high-school level textbook designed to supplement traditional biology texts. The authors repeatedly refer to intelligent design as an alternative theory to neodarwinian evolution (Davis & Kenyon 1993, pp. 25, 26, 41, 78, 85). Because the adoption of this book is being considered in some public schools, it is worth asking about the status of this theory: Is intelligent design theory actually used by scientists?
Year: 
1997
Date: 
May–June
Page(s): 
14–15
About the Author(s): 
George W. Gilchrist
Department of Zoology
Box 351800
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1800
gilchgw@u.washington.edu
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Direct Examination: Creationism and the Fossil Record

I. "Irreducible Complexity" and the evolution of major adaptations

Q. I'm going to talk about the use of the term "irreducible complexity" and "adaptational packages" as it's used by intelligent design proponents.

Can you explain to us how Pandas uses the term "adaptational packages"?

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