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12.31.2009

PRESS RELEASE

 

TOP TEN EVOLUTION/CREATIONISM STORIES OF THE YEAR

Darwin celebrated; evolution still under attack

 

 

 

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12.29.2009

A lawsuit charges that the California Science Center violated both the First Amendment and a contract to rent its Imax Theater when it canceled a screening of Darwin's Dilemma, the Los Angeles Times (December 29, 2009) reports.

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12.28.2009

As 2009 and its celebrations of the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of the Origin near their end, NCSE is pleased to bid them farewell by offering a peek at two reviews forthcoming in 2010 in Reports of the NCSE.

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12.24.2009

NCSE's Steven Newton's op-ed "Science denial is on the rise" appeared in the December 24, 2009, issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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12.21.2009

"What Darwin Never Knew" — a NOVA documentary on the burgeoning science of evolutionary developmental biology — will air on December 29, 2009, on public broadcasting stations around the country.

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12.18.2009

There's still time to vote for NCSE, if you're a Working Assets/Credo Mobile customer.

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12.17.2009

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of a chapter from Carl Zimmer's latest book, The Tangled Bank (Roberts and Company, 2009).

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12.16.2009

A recent Harris poll included questions on evolution and creationism, with unsurprising results.

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12.16.2009

Selected content from volume 29, number 4, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website.

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12.14.2009

NCSE is seeking volunteers to assist in translating selected resources from its website into Spanish. If you read and write both languages fluently, are interested in helping NCSE's outreach to the Spanish-speaking community, and are able to make a serious commitment to the project, you are cordially invited to get in touch with NCSE's Peter M. J. Hess at espanol@ncse.com.

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12.09.2009
Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. Scott

Now available on NCSE's YouTube channel: Eugenie C. Scott's "Creationism: Still crazy after all these years," a presentation at the 2009 Atheist Alliance International conference in Burbank, California. Scott describes the evolving history of the antievolution movement in the United States, from attempts to balance the teaching of evolution with "creation science" or "intelligent design" to the present spate of stealth creationist tactics such as "academic freedom" and (in Texas) "all sides of scientific evidence."

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12.08.2009

NCSE shifts from .org to .com domain

NCSE is now using ncse.com—shorter and easier to remember than ncseweb.org—as its primary domain name. The change is already in effect on NCSE's web site and e-mail. But never fear: links and e-mail to ncseweb.org will be automatically forwarded to ncse.com.

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12.07.2009

NCSE is now using ncse.com — shorter and easier to remember than ncseweb.org — as its primary domain name. The change is already in effect on NCSE's website and e-mail. But never fear: links and e-mail to ncseweb.org will be automatically forwarded to ncse.com.

NCSE is grateful to Jeff Bennett, president and chief operating officer of NameMedia, Inc., for extending a substantial discount on the ncse.com domain. Said Bennett, "We understand that you are a non-profit organization with a big mission." It's a mission that you can support by joining or renewing today — at ncse.com.

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12.04.2009

Did Ray Comfort plagiarize part of his "special introduction" to the Origin of Species?

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12.02.2009

Adding to the recent celebrations of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species on November 24, 1859, were three members of NCSE, writing for their local newspapers.

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12.02.2009

The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach — the new journal aspiring to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience — is now available on-line.

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11.30.2009

 

NCSE challenges creationist's "special" edition of Darwin's Origin

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11.30.2009

Does Darwin's On the Origin of Species need a special introduction? Creationist Ray Comfort thinks so. On Thursday, November 19, mere days before the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin, Comfort plans to distribute free copies of Origin at colleges and universities across the U.S. and (on the 24th) in Canada.

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11.24.2009

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published on November 24, 1859, and the sesquicentennial festivities are everywhere!

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11.23.2009

Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's On the Origin of Species — a new on-line resource from the National Science Foundation — debuts in celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the publication of Darwin's seminal work.

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11.23.2009
E. O. WilsonE. O. Wilson

"Darwin, the Origin, and the Future of Biology" is a celebration, sponsored by the British Council and the Open University, of the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species — and it will be available to watch on-line!

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11.20.2009
Kenneth R. MillerKenneth R. Miller

Kenneth R. Miller appeared on a news segment on CNN (November 20, 2009), challenging the misleading claims about Darwin offered in Ray Comfort's "special introduction" to the Origin of Species.

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11.19.2009

If you recently picked up a copy of Ray Comfort's edition of On the Origin of Species—the edition with the "special" introduction by Comfort calling Darwin a racist and claiming Adolf Hitler was Darwin's most famous "student"—get protection!

First, download the NCSE Safety Bookmark. Carefully open the book past Comfort's intro, turn to page 59 for Darwin's introduction, insert the bookmark, and start reading!

Your brain will thank you.

To see the bookmark in action, watch our special safety video.

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11.18.2009

Just how wrong is creationist Ray Comfort about Darwin, evolution, the fossil record, Hitler, and more? Read our handy guide to Comfort's transgressions. View the PDF.

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11.17.2009

What's wacky about Ray Comfort's "special" introduction to On the Origin of Species? What special precautions should you take before reading the "special" introduction? And why is Ray Comfort bananas? Our NCSE Safety Video has the scoop! View the video here.

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