NCSE Past Events

The Evolution of Creationism

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
January 27, 2011
Location: 
UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 307
University of Alaska, Anchorage



From creationism to creation science to intelligent design to the present day “evidence against evolution” approach, antievolutionists have consistently changed their strategy for attackingDifficult Dialogues banner the theory of evolution in response to legal decisions. Evolution traditionally has been presented by creationists as weak or invalid science, and as incompatible with the Christian faith. Currently, the teaching of antievolutionary ideas in science classes is being framed as having pedagogical value – yet there is little pedagogical value in teaching as science ideas that are not scientific.

Sponsored by the
Difficult Dialogues Initiative

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Defending Science Online: Tactics and Conflicts in Science Communication

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau, Chris Mooney, Eric Michael Johnson, and Val Jones
Time: 
10:00pm
Date: 
January 16, 2011
Location: 

ScienceOnline 2011 conference
Sigma Xi Center
Research Triangle Park, NC

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Climate change "skeptics," intelligent design creationists, anti-vaccine activists and others who oppose science-based policy decisions are poisoning the well of our national dialogue on important scientific issues. But what's the best strategy to counter their misinformation? This is perhaps the most contentious issue among science bloggers and journalists today. Whether it’s described as “framing science” or presented as confrontation vs. accommodation, the conflict among science communicators is a debate over tactics and how to best achieve our shared goals. Some choose to work with moderates in the "anti-science" group and reframe the way they write about the issues to accommodate the different perspective. Others feel that this approach merely compromises on settled scientific questions and offers legitimacy to the more extreme position. Panelists will discuss what they see as the most effective tactics within three contentious science policy issues: climate science, evolution in public schools, and science-based medicine. Is there one tactic that is best employed in all cases? Does a multi-level approach undermine scientific values by not fully defending the evidence and countering false information? When we consider science policy is it more important to be right or influential in our efforts to strengthen scientific literacy in our democracy?

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Defending Science Online: Tactics and Conflicts in Science Communication

Time: 
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Date: 
January 16, 2011
Location: 

ScienceOnline 2011 conference
Sigma Xi Center
Research Triangle Park, NC

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Climate change "skeptics," intelligent design creationists, anti-vaccine activists and others who oppose science-based policy decisions are poisoning the well of our national dialogue on important scientific issues. But what's the best strategy to counter their misinformation? This is perhaps the most contentious issue among science bloggers and journalists today. Whether it’s described as “framing science” or presented as confrontation vs. accommodation, the conflict among science communicators is a debate over tactics and how to best achieve our shared goals. Some choose to work with moderates in the "anti-science" group and reframe the way they write about the issues to accommodate the different perspective. Others feel that this approach merely compromises on settled scientific questions and offers legitimacy to the more extreme position. Panelists will discuss what they see as the most effective tactics within three contentious science policy issues: climate science, evolution in public schools, and science-based medicine. Is there one tactic that is best employed in all cases? Does a multi-level approach undermine scientific values by not fully defending the evidence and countering false information? When we consider science policy is it more important to be right or influential in our efforts to strengthen scientific literacy in our democracy?

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Review the ScienceOnline program.
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Josh RosenauJosh Rosenau

Lessons from "Climategate"

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau, James Hrynshyn, Chris Mooney, Tom Peterson, and Gavin Schmidt
Time: 
12:45am
Date: 
January 15, 2011
Location: 

ScienceOnline 2011 conference
Sigma Xi Center
Research Triangle Park, NC

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"You guys have got to start fighting back" is the message many climatologists are hearing in the wake the slanderous attack on their integrity that has been called Swifthack, or Climategate. But for many scientists, fighting back means publishing a really good paper in a reputable journal. That doesn't cut it anymore. How should scientists and their communicator allies go about planning a strategy? Joining us will be Tom Peterson, chief scientist at the National Climatic Data Center.

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Josh RosenauJosh Rosenau

Lessons from "Climategate"

Time: 
4:45pm to 5:45pm
Date: 
January 15, 2011
Location: 

ScienceOnline 2011 conference
Sigma Xi Center
Research Triangle Park, NC

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"You guys have got to start fighting back" is the message many climatologists are hearing in the wake the slanderous attack on their integrity that has been called Swifthack, or Climategate. But for many scientists, fighting back means publishing a really good paper in a reputable journal. That doesn't cut it anymore. How should scientists and their communicator allies go about planning a strategy? Joining us will be Tom Peterson, chief scientist at the National Climatic Data Center.

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Josh RosenauJosh Rosenau

Leap of Faith: Intelligent design's trajectory after Dover

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
8:00pm
Date: 
January 12, 2011
Location: 
National Center for Evolutionary Synthesis
2024 W. Main Street
Suite A200
Durham, NC 27705-4667

The 2005 judicial ruling that intelligent design is creationism, and not constitutional to teach in public school science classes, closed the door on an era in the creation/evolution conflict. But even before the trial, creationists were already preparing their successor strategy. NCSE Projects and Policy Director Josh Rosenau will report on the latest anti-evolution activity, from Texas and Louisiana to Turkey, and on efforts by scientists and citizens to defend evolution.

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Leap of Faith: Intelligent design's trajectory after Dover

Time: 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Date: 
January 12, 2011
Location: 
National Center for Evolutionary Synthesis
2024 W. Main Street
Suite A200
Durham, NC 27705-4667

The 2005 judicial ruling that intelligent design is creationism, and not constitutional to teach in public school science classes, closed the door on an era in the creation/evolution conflict. But even before the trial, creationists were already preparing their successor strategy. NCSE Projects and Policy Director Josh Rosenau will report on the latest anti-evolution activity, from Texas and Louisiana to Turkey, and on efforts by scientists and citizens to defend evolution.

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Contact: email Rosenau.
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The convergent evolution of creationism and global warming denial

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
January 11, 2011
Location: 
128 Wilson Hall
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Creationist attacks on science education have evolved to evade legal rulings and new scientific research for over 85 years. Most recently, a court struck down a school's policy requiring students to learn about "intelligent design" creationism. Since then, a new anti-evolution strategy has become clear in attacks on evolution in Texas science standards, a widely-distributed documentary film argued that evolution was the cause of the Holocaust and other atrocities, and model legislation granting "academic freedom" for teachers to attack evolution has been filed in a dozen states. As creationism has evolved, so have the attacks on climate science. A concerted effort, led since the 1970s by industries opposed to regulation on greenhouse gas emissions, has sought to muddy the clear evidence of scientific consensus that the world is getting hotter and extreme weather events are becoming more extreme, and that human actions are responsible for most of this change. By examining the strikingly similar tactics and rhetoric of both movements, we can identify ways that scientists and other concerned citizens can ensure that accurate science remains in classrooms, and that policymakers appreciate the scientific status of these important issues.

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The convergent evolution of creationism and global warming denial

Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
January 11, 2011
Location: 
128 Wilson Hall
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Creationist attacks on science education have evolved to evade legal rulings and new scientific research for over 85 years. Most recently, a court struck down a school's policy requiring students to learn about "intelligent design" creationism. Since then, a new anti-evolution strategy has become clear in attacks on evolution in Texas science standards, a widely-distributed documentary film argued that evolution was the cause of the Holocaust and other atrocities, and model legislation granting "academic freedom" for teachers to attack evolution has been filed in a dozen states. As creationism has evolved, so have the attacks on climate science. A concerted effort, led since the 1970s by industries opposed to regulation on greenhouse gas emissions, has sought to muddy the clear evidence of scientific consensus that the world is getting hotter and extreme weather events are becoming more extreme, and that human actions are responsible for most of this change. By examining the strikingly similar tactics and rhetoric of both movements, we can identify ways that scientists and other concerned citizens can ensure that accurate science remains in classrooms, and that policymakers appreciate the scientific status of these important issues.

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The Amaz!ng Meeting

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
8:00am
Date: 
November 26, 2010
Location: 
Sydney Masonic Centre
66 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW
Australia


TAM, the Amaz!ng Meeting, is the biggest get-together in the Skeptical universe, and in November 2010, TAM comes to Australia. TAM features the best and most interesting, humorous and controversial Skeptics from around the world, and TAM Australia will be the largest event of its kind ever held here.

The line-up includes James Randi, Simon Singh, the entire cast of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, Brian Dunning from Skeptoid, Krissy Wilson, Eugenie Scott, George Hrab from the Geologic Podcast, Dr Karl, Fred Watson, Rachael Dunlop and a host of other local and overseas skeptics and freethinkers. TAM Australia offers a variety of divertissements, from education and entertainment to the camaraderie and shared experiences you can only get at Skeptical meetings.

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