Evolution

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An evolution the GOP likes

“The president says that the jury’s out on evolution. Here in New Jersey, we’re counting on it.” –Bruce Springsteen, May 21, 2005  “Folks in Dover [PA] aren’t sure about evolution. Here in New Jersey, we’re counting on it.” –Bruce Springsteen, August, 2005 “This issue [marriage equality] is in a state of evolution.” –Hillary Clinton for…

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee allowed HB 368 to become law; it is the second of this new generation of creationist laws, along with a similar bill in Louisiana. Haslam refused to sign the bill, stating that it brought confusion, not clarity. He also noted that the bill had overwhelming legislative support (passing…

A month ago, I posted a link to an op-ed in the LA Times which referred to as-yet unpublished research which purported to show no difference in science literacy between people who don’t take part in religion and evangelical Christians. Then I did my own analysis of the data, which found significant differences between evangelicals…

On reading evolution polls

A couple weeks ago, Fox News released a new poll asking about evolution and creationism. It didn’t strike me as especially noteworthy, though it does show a statistically significant rise in acceptance of evolution (21% think “the theory of evolution as outlined by Darwin and other scientist” is “more likely to be the explanation for…

In discussing the National Science Board’s latest stand on whether to report evolution literacy, and how to do so, I didn’t get into the details of Jon Miller’s concerns. Chris Mooney quotes that passage from the Science report, and raises some concerns. Science reported that the NSB will, in the 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators,…

A bit over a year ago, we reported on the removal of evolution from a report by the NSF’s governing body, the National Science Board. The NSB is presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed, and sets broad policy for the NSF. Every other year, it publishes a report on Science and Engineering Indicators for the nation,…

Remember when I invited readers to take a survey on the Miss USA evolution answers? And I was kinda vague about why I was doing it? At last it can be told, I was working on a guest blog post at Scientific American. You should read the whole thing, but here’s the bit about how…

I’m here in Las Vegas, and already my work is done. Genie Scott, Occidental College’s Don Prothero, and I did a workshop at 9am today about Defending Evolution in Classrooms. Planning for this was complicated, because we wanted it to be a true workshop, i.e., to have interactive aspects, and time for people to work…

It was a hard job, but someone had to do it. A few days ago, I sat down and watched a 15 minute video of Miss USA pageant contestants as they pondered the question: Should evolution be taught in schools? Then I watched it again. And again. Until my eardrums bled I had a complete…

Via USA Today, we learn about a study showing that people who meditate frequently behave in a more rational manner than non-meditators, and they do so because different parts of their brain take charge of certain kinds of decisions. The study was based around a common test of rational behavior called the Ultimatum Game. Two…