NCSE Past Events

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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.

For more information: 
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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The Amaz!ng Meeting

Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
November 26, 2010 to November 28, 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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Inherit the Wind: Screening and discussion

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott and Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
November 12, 2010
Location: 
Tan Hall 775 (the McCollum room) on the UC Berkeley campus — Tan Hall is located at C5 on this map, across from the Hearst Mining Circle. It is about a half mile walk from the Berkeley BART station. Parking is available on Gayley Road, and also on campus after 6:00 p.m. Go to the top floor and follow the popcorn smells!

Inherit the Wind is a Rorschach test: the authors intended it as a not-too-thinly-veiled commentary on the repression of freedom of thought of the McCarthy era and its accompanying Communist witch-hunts and Hollywood blacklists. Yet to many, it primarily represents the Scopes trial — even though the differences between the movie and that historic event over the banning of the teaching of evolution are more numerous than the similarities. Join us for a viewing and a discussion: How does Inherit the Wind resonate with issues today such as the teaching of evolution and freedom of thought?

We'll provide the popcorn! Bring your own (non-alcoholic) drinks.

Cosponsored by Bay Area Skeptics.

For more information: 
Contact: e-mail NCSE
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Inherit the Wind: Screening and discussion

Time: 
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Date: 
November 12, 2010
Location: 
Tan Hall 775 (the McCollum room) on the UC Berkeley campus — Tan Hall is located at C5 on this map, across from the Hearst Mining Circle. It is about a half mile walk from the Berkeley BART station. Parking is available on Gayley Road, and also on campus after 6:00 p.m. Go to the top floor and follow the popcorn smells!

Inherit the Wind is a Rorschach test: the authors intended it as a not-too-thinly-veiled commentary on the repression of freedom of thought of the McCarthy era and its accompanying Communist witch-hunts and Hollywood blacklists. Yet to many, it primarily represents the Scopes trial — even though the differences between the movie and that historic event over the banning of the teaching of evolution are more numerous than the similarities. Join us for a viewing and a discussion: How does Inherit the Wind resonate with issues today such as the teaching of evolution and freedom of thought?

We'll provide the popcorn! Bring your own (non-alcoholic) drinks.

Cosponsored by Bay Area Skeptics.

For more information: 
Contact: e-mail NCSE
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Resource Depletion and Human Overpopulation in Evolutionary Perspective

Featuring: 
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.- NCSE & Richard J. McDonald, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess
Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
November 6, 2010
Location: 
Bell Memorial Union Main (BMU)
Room 303
California State University
400 West First Street
Chico, CA


We will examine oil as the first of several critical resources that will decline dramatically. Discussion of other resources will show that the “electric economy” is equally unsustainable. We will discuss how the population will decline, either by resource wars, famine, and disease, or by comprehensive sustainability education and population reduction through natural attrition.

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Desktop Protein Synthesis

Featuring: 
Louise Mead, Ph.D. - NCSE, & Pamela Harman - SETI Institute
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
November 6, 2010
Location: 
Professional Development Conference
National Association of Biology Teachers
Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Hands-on Workshop
Practice using paper patterns to create a protein synthesis model on a poster that demonstrated deeper conceptual understanding. Take home lesson and animation on CD.

For more information: 
Visit the NABT website
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Desktop Protein Synthesis

Time: 
11:30am to 12:45pm
Date: 
November 6, 2010
Location: 
Professional Development Conference
National Association of Biology Teachers
Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Hands-on Workshop
Practice using paper patterns to create a protein synthesis model on a poster that demonstrated deeper conceptual understanding. Take home lesson and animation on CD.

For more information: 
Visit the NABT website
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