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12.30.2013

Pew Research Center

Six in ten Americans accept human evolution, while a third hold that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

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Cole BleaseI was reading Edward Caudill’s Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution (2013) recently. I won’t say a lot about it here, because I’ve just sent a review of it to a magazine, but I’ll quote my description of it: “Edward Caudill contends that his Intelligently Designed distinctively emphasizes ‘the use of enduring cultural myths and the dexterous employment of mass media’ ... in explaining the success of the creationist movement, and further proposes that the Scopes trial of 1925 established a template for the ensuing developments.” Caudill is a former journalist, now professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, so the emphasis on media is unsurprising. But I was surprised to see him writing, on p. 17, “In 1922, the U.S. Senate went so far as to debate, but eventually reject, legislation to outlaw proevolution radio broadcasts.” Really?

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12.18.2013

A recent Harris poll addressed evolution and creationism, with unsurprising results. 

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12.06.2013

NCSE is pleased to announce the second of a new series of on-line workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make our work possible. The workshop focuses on lobbying policymakers — legislators, members of state boards of education, members of local school boards, and the like — and features NCSE's Josh Rosenau, the ACLU's Dena Sher, and Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education's Vic Hutchison.

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11.21.2013

What can citizens like you do to respond when science education comes under attack? How can you and other concerned citizens organize to fight back? What can you do to prevent attacks on science education in your community? NCSE is pleased to announce the first of a new series of on-line workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make our work possible. The workshop begins at 3:00 p.m. Pacific time (6:00 p.m. Eastern time) on November 25, 2013, and spaces are still available, so register now!

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11.04.2013

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"Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say there is solid evidence that the earth has been getting warmer over the last few decades, a figure that has changed little in the past few years," according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

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10.09.2013

“You seem to be traveling all the time” is a comment I get a lot. I don’t actually travel all the time, but some months are busier than others. Some of my travel is to give presentations, which are listed with all NCSE staff and board member presentations here. When a staff member gives a talk somewhere, the office will usually send out a notice to NCSE members in the area, in case they wish to attend.

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Since the start of the government shutdown, my Facebook feed has been filled with nothing but politics. Everyone has an opinion about what is going on and who is responsible. This response was of course expected, but what surprised me was that almost immediately, intertwined with the political commentary, was a flurry of distressed posts from my scientist friends. “Ack! I can’t reach this dataset that was hosted on a government website, how can I do my research?” and “the NSF’s website is down, how can I apply for that grant?” became common themes throughout the day.

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10.01.2013

Are you concerned about the integrity of science education in the United States? Are you worried about efforts to undermine the teaching of evolution and climate change? Are you willing to work with your neighbors to defend and improve the quality of science education in formal and informal education?

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09.20.2013

The Darwin Day Roadshow is returning! The Roadshow is a project of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, in which NESCent staff shares their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with students, teachers, and the general public on the occasion of Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12.

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