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12.09.2004

The cover story of the December 2004 Phi Delta Kappan is Mark Terry's "One Nation, Under the Designer," which warns of "a sea change in the tactics of the anti-evolution forces, whose efforts have waxed and waned ever since the Scopes Trial." Terry writes:
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12.09.2004

No fewer than three recent articles in the national media discussed the continuing struggle over evolution education in the United States. Unsurprisingly, NCSE, as the only national organization wholly devoted to promoting and defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools, was prominently featured in all three.

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12.06.2004

The op-ed page of The New York Times for December 5, 2004, features a chart of "The Descent of Dissent" by Swarthmore biology professor Colin B. Purrington and graphic designer Felix Sockwell. Based on Purrington's web page satirizing textbook evolution disclaimers of the sort used in Alabama and Cobb County, Georgia, the chart entertainingly plots the course of further possible disclaimers.

"The Descent of Dissent" in The New York Times

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11.30.2004

NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott appeared on the "Fair and Balanced" segment of Fox News on November 27, 2004, to discuss "intelligent design" opposite John West of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. The segment began with a reference to the decision of the Dover (Pennsylvania) school board to require the teaching of "intelligent design," a subject that West evidently preferred not to discuss.
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11.22.2004

The eminent Protestant theologian Langdon Gilkey died on November 19, 2004, at the age of 85, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Born in Chicago in 1919, where his father was a liberal Baptist minister, Gilkey studied at Harvard University before traveling to China to teach English. He was captured and interned by the Japanese until the end of World War II, which he described in his memoir Shantung Compound (1966). After his release, he moved to New York and studied theology with Reinhold Niebuhr, graduating with a doctorate in religion from Columbia University.
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09.10.2004

Three recent news articles describe the ongoing controversy about the publication of "intelligent design" advocate Stephen C. Meyer's article "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. And Chris Mooney provides a pertinent comparison.
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09.07.2004

A new development in the controversy about the publication of "intelligent design" advocate Stephen C. Meyer's article "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.

The Biological Society of Washington issued a statement on September 7, 2004, reading, in its entirety:
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08.27.2004

A paper by Stephen C. Meyer, Project Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for (the Renewal of) Science and Culture, recently appeared in the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington (2004; 117 [2]: 213-239). PBSW is a small legitimate scientific journal, specializing mainly in taxonomical articles. But Meyer's "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" is a review article (as
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08.20.2004

Project Steve -- NCSE's exercise in poking fun at the lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" promulgated by antievolutionist groups -- is not a mere publicity stunt any longer. With the publication of "The Morphology of Steve" in the prestigious journal Annals of Improbable Research, it is now a genuine contribution to scientific knowledge. Revealed for the first time in this paper is the existence of such phenomena as:
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07.30.2004

Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, died on July 28, 2004, in San Diego, at the age of 88.
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07.23.2004

Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism, edited by Matt Young and Taner Edis, is now available.

Endorsements

"This book is a readable and devastating scientific analysis of intelligent design creationism. ... unlike ID's proponents, these authors have done the real science that deflates the claims of intelligent design. Their work deserves the respect of everyone with a say in what is taught in public school science classes."
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07.23.2004

NCSE is pleased to announce a further addition to Voices for Evolution: a statement from the Association of Southeastern Biologists, reading in part: "[S]ince neither creationism nor intelligent design is a scientific endeavor, we oppose any attempts to insert them into the science curricula of any public schools. While religion has played and continues to play a significant role in many people's lives, and in schools' curricula, we object to any attempts to insert religious dogma, such as creationism or intelligent design, into science classes.
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07.16.2004

NCSE is proud and delighted to congratulate Stephen G. Brush and David Morrison -- both members of NCSE -- on their recent prestigious awards.
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07.02.2004
The eminent evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr -- whom NCSE is proud to have among its members -- celebrates his 100th birthday on July 5. Writing in the July 2 issue of Science, he reflects on his eighty years of "watching the evolutionary scenery," from his education in Germany through the development of the Modern Synthesis to the discoveries of molecular biology.
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06.22.2004

Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academies, and Jay Labov of the Center for Education at the National Research Council have written an article on "Teaching the Science of Evolution," which appears in the current issue of the journal Cell Biology Education.
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06.17.2004

In the latest American Scientist, Francisco J. Ayala -- University Professor and the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine; president of the scientific research society Sigma Xi; and supporter of NCSE -- calls for the improvement of science education in the American public schools.
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04.05.2004

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University, has agreed to join NCSE's board of directors. Her term of office is from 2004 to 2009.
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03.12.2004

Paleontologist Niles Eldredge of the American Museum of Natural History was profiled in a story in the March 9, 2004, issue of The New York Times. The story, subtitled "Bursts of Cornets and Evolution," discusses the affinities between Eldredge's scientific vocation and his musicological avocation--studying the history of the cornet.
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03.01.2004
NCSE was prominently featured in James Glanz's article "Montana Creationism Bid Evolves Into Unusual Fight," which appeared on Sunday, February 29, 2004, in The New York Times. Glanz's article focused on the phenomenon of organized grassroots resistance to antievolutionist attempts to compromise evolution education, taking the controversy in Darby, Montana, as a prime example.
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02.22.2004
NCSE is pleased to announce a further addition to Voices for Evolution: a statement on evolution and intelligent design from the Society for Neuroscience, reading in part, "Recognizing that the theory of Evolution is the fundamental scientific theory or cornerstone that helps us to understand and study the origins and diversity of living organisms, the Society for Neuroscience supports teaching evolution in science classrooms, and opposes the assertion that Intelligent Design Theory (ID) is a valid scientific alternative."
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02.18.2004
NCSE Executive Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will appear on the Seti Institute's "Are We Alone?" radio program this coming Sunday, February 22, at 10 PM EST.

From the "Are We Alone?" web site:

Skeptical Sunday: The Darwin Conspiracy

Imagine a group of evolutionists, sitting in a darkened room, busily plotting how to forge fossils and skew facts so that textbooks tilt in favor of Darwinian evolution.

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02.16.2004
"Assaults on evolution have evolved as well," a Perspective piece written by NCSE's Deputy Director Glenn Branch and Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott, appeared in the February 15, 2004, issue of the San Jose Mercury News. It will be available on the Mercury-News's web site for a limited time.
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02.12.2004
In addition to the usual reasons for us to celebrate Darwin Day, we have three more.

First, due to popular demand, Alan Gishlick's acclaimed critique of Icons of Evolution, "ICONS OF EVOLUTION? Why much of what Jonathan Wells writes about evolution is wrong," is now available in PDF format on the NCSE web site. You may download the critique as one file (broadband connection is recommended) or as individual chapters.
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