How much does politics affect teaching evolution? How is the “fairness” argument exploited to undermine evolution education? Genie Scott explores these and other antievolution strategies in a recent speech before the Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Where: Scottsdale, AZ. When: 4/17/2011


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  1. #1 David
    July 12, 2011

    Eugenie Scott’s name comes up in this 2009 interview with Kevin Anderson

    http://kgov.com/bel/20090911

    http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100331/pdf/464664a.pdf

    Evolution: The Creation Myth of Our Culture
    http://www.trueorigin.org/evomyth01.asp

  2. #2 StevoR
    July 13, 2011

    How much does politics affect teaching evolution?

    Too much!

    An awful lot. In some places and classes.

  3. #3 Dean
    July 13, 2011

    I had to reprogram my receiver yesterday after our power came back. One of the radio stations that flashed on is a local fundie station. They were starting their “science lesson”. No crap, it was “How winter disproves evolution, the big bang, and proves the Earth is 3500 years old. ”
    I did not listen. You can’t overestimate the crazy.

  4. #4 David
    July 13, 2011

    In her April 17/11 talk in Scottsdale, AZ, Eugenie Scott said:

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    “There is no evidence against evolution. There is no evidence against the idea that livings things shared common ancestry. All of the evidence that we have from biogeography, from comparative anatomy, from genetics, from the fossil record, from any number of different sources, that all is very compatible and pointing very clearly to the inference that living things had common ancestors. Nothing out there is running a big neon light saying, ‘Whoa! Evolution fails here! We have to toss it out!’
    ***

    So what evidence would convince Eugenie (or any other evolutionist) that vertical evolution (information-building evolution) is false?

  5. #5 David
    July 13, 2011
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    July 13, 2011
  7. #7 SLC
    July 13, 2011

    Re David @ #4

    1. As the Nobel Prize winning biochemist J. B. S. Haldane responded to an overeager Popperian when asked what evidence would falsify evolution, he responded a fossil cat in the Pre-Cambrian strata. Needless to say, the said fossil cat has yet to be found.

    2. Just before the Dover trial, scientists decoding the chimpanzee genome found the following. I’ll let Prof. Ken Miller describe what happened.

  8. #8 datadiary
    July 14, 2011

    Creationism, Evolution, Education–and Politics all are interrupting each other in every factors.
    If we want something pure and creative from our system so we need to differ politics from the education system and encourage the students the way they use their mind get engaged in creativity.

  9. #9 Ian
    July 15, 2011

    “How winter disproves evolution”

    I MUST know more.