A Glowing Profile of Evolution Warrior Dr. Eugenie Scott

Today’s edition of the New York Times features a wonderful profile of Dr. Eugenie Scott, the long-time executive director of the National Center for Science Education:

Eugenie C. Scott’s journey to the front lines of the evolution wars began in 1974, when James Gavan, a physical anthropologist at the University of Missouri, accepted an invitation to debate Duane Gish, a biochemist and a leader in the creationist movement.

At the time, Dr. Scott was a newly minted professor of physical anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Gavan had been her mentor at the University of Missouri, where she earned her doctorate, so she took a few of her students to Missouri to hear the debate.

“We were greatly dismayed,” Dr. Scott recalled in an interview. “The scientist talked science, and the creationist connected to the audience and told good jokes and was really personable. And presented a lot of really bad science.”

The most controversial passage in the piece has nothing to do with evolution, but with the age-old question of overlapping magisteria:

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Professor Who Gave Students ‘Rainbow Ribbon’ Assignment Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

Back in June, Professor Linda Brunton of Columbia State Community College in Tennessee did something to upset some of the conservative Christian students in her psychology class: She made them think.

Here’s how the Religious Right group how Alliance Defending Freedom explained the incident in a letter to the college president:

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A Wedding Worth Celebrating, Even Though Her Former Church Members Didn’t Show Up

It’s good to be back :)

Huge thanks to Paul Fidalgo for taking care of this site so I could go off the grid for a few days.

Turns out there was news of a big wedding while I was away: Lauren Drain, a former member of Westboro Baptist Church, was married early last month, something we found out about after she posted pictures of the ceremony on Reddit.

While her “God Hates Fags” church members weren’t there to support her (or, thankfully, protest), two of her “church sisters” who also escaped the cult were.

Check out this picture and try not to smile:

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My Top Five Books About Atheism

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses my five favorite books about atheism: If you’d like to check out those five books, just click the links below! Atheism for Dummies by Dale McGowan Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible by Steve Wells [Read More...]

Taking a Short Break…

This is just a brief note to let you all know I’m going to be gone for the next few days so I can focus on my wedding :)

(In atheist-speak, I’m getting Hitched.)

While I’m gone, Paul Fidalgo will be running the show. Paul is the Communications Director for the Center for Inquiry, a blogger at Near-Earth Object, and the host of a new podcast (The Obcast) that features wonderful long-form conversations with people in the science/tech worlds. If you’re not already subscribed to his show, you should take care of that now.

There are a few more posts in the queue, but I’ll be back early next week after taking care of all the chaos and stress and happy-fun-excitement that a wedding brings (and going on a hastily-planned mini-honeymoon in downtown Chicago).

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