Tag Archive for intelligent design

Indiana lawmakers pull the “academic freedom” trope

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What the hell are they doing? Ball State University president, Jo Ann Gora’s decision to scrap a science class,”Boundaries of Science” class taught by Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics, was her response to complaints that the class was promoting intelligent design, as opposed to evolution. Obviously, that is NOT a scientific take on nature.…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

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Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

Publishers to Texas creationists: Nope, your edits are dumb

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We’ve been keeping tabs on this story of a review of science textbooks in Texas for a few months now. It does appear that the death grip Texas used to have is now really weak. Textbook publishers ignoring Texas school board’s inane interventions | Ars Technica. Textbook publishers have largely ignored the suggestions made by…

God did it – who needs scientists? Still, the ICR wants some

I’m going to link to the Fark version of this because it seems more appropriate. Try not to laugh too hard. This is like Bizarro World news. Fark.com | Wanted: scientists to ignore science for Jesus. ICR [Institute for Creation Research], together with the rest of the creation science movement, has made great strides in…

New petition to ban teaching against evolution

A new petition has appeared at the White House petition site to ban religious-based “science” instruction. Ban Creationism and Intelligent Design in the science classroom as federal law. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government. Since Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts…

Has a University science course crossed the Boundary?

This news came from the NCSE. Ball State agrees to investigate science course some say is pushing religion | Inside Higher Ed. Ball State University has agreed to investigate complaints that a course taught by a physics and astronomy professor has crossed a line from being about science to being about Christianity. Ball State did…

Discovery Institute offering free student seminar on Intelligent Design

The pro-Creationism organization, Discovery Institute pays for college students to attend a summer program on Intelligent Design. Summer in Seattle, FREE? Yes, Science/Society Seminars Application Deadline Extended by One Week! – Evolution News & Views. Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture announced today that we will be extending the deadline for applications for this…

Gov. Jindal has an ambitious list of controversies to teach

This is not a new position for him. He’s always had this view but it’s back in the news since he talked about it on TV again. Louisiana governor: I’ve got no problem with creationism in public schools Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said he had no problem with creationism being taught in…

Intelligent design: The stupid that keeps bobbing to the surface

It may hurt your brain to read this article. It’s so full of brain-stopping moments of nonsense. It is only countered by Josh from the National Center for Science Education. Intelligent design teaching stirs debate. The room was packed as more than 500 people listened intently to Paul Nelson talk about genetics. Some fervently took…

Discovery Institute thrashes geology professor with wet noodle

Callan Bentley is an assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College. He recently got a request from the Discovery Institute (a Creationist think tank) to use some of his geologic photos in one of their publications. Hilarity ensued from the DiscoTute. The Discovery Institute feels sorry for my students – Mountain Beltway –…

Creationism in Texas: Here we go again…again

Creationists just keep going and going and going… Told You So: Texas Ed Board Chair Wants Science Textbooks to Teach ‘Another Side’ on Evolution We told you this would happen. In 2009, when the Texas State Board of Education adopted new science curriculum standards, we warned that creationists had inserted language they would later try…

Intelligent design proponents not intelligent enough to know when to quit

Blatant bill for Creationism surfaces in Missouri. Is it placating the constituency or are they just that stupid? “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri | NCSE. House Bill 291, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 23, 2013, would, if enacted, require “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design,” according…

BioLogos promotes civil discussion about religion and evolution

I encourage you to read this whole article to get a new perspective on a community many don’t see. Some interesting things in there. Hopeful, actually. Evangelical scientists debate evolution online with Southern Baptist seminary professors Witness the gracious dialogue taking place between Southern Baptist seminary professors and evangelical scientists on the BioLogos website. In…

Kansas folks still clinging to creationist ideas for science class

Kansas Headed for Another Debate Over Evolution Kansas is headed toward another debate over how evolution is taught in its public schools, with a State Board of Education member saying Wednesday that science standards under development are “very problematic” for describing the theory as a well-established, core scientific concept. Kansas is now among 26 states…

Dr. Leakey is optimistic about ending debate over evolution. Too optimistic.

Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history – Technology & science – Science – msnbc.com. Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history. Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the point that “even the skeptics can accept it.” “If you get…

Was JPL worker a victim of discrimination or was he unprofessional?

Computer specialist contends his views cost him his JPL job – latimes.com. A computer specialist rankled some of his JPL co-workers by pressing intelligent design and other issues at work. Now a judge must decide if that is why he was laid off. David Coppedge’s co-workers at one of the nation’s most prominent scientific institutions…

Creationists try to sneak one by publisher Springer

Book by intelligent design proponents upsets scientists | Inside Higher Ed. Evolutionary biologists were horrified by the news that a scholarly press was going to publish a work in favor of intelligent design. But a spokesman for the publishing house confirmed to Inside Higher Ed Wednesday that the book’s publication is on hold as it is subjected…

New Hampshire antievolution bills ousted

New Hampshire antievolution bills dismissed | NCSE. “The House Education Committee dismissed two bills this morning that would have dictated classroom lectures on evolution,” the Concord Monitor‘s State House blog reported (February 16, 2012). The bills in question are House Bill 1148, introduced by Jerry Bergevin (R-District 17), which would have charged the state board of education to…

Bachmann is backwards on evolution

Bachmann suggests intelligent design is a ‘scientific fact’ | The Raw Story. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says schools should teach children about evolution and intelligent design because “the best thing to do is to allow all scientific facts on the table.” During a question-and-answer session at the University of Northern Iowa Wednesday, Bachmann was…