Eugenie Scott to speak at Rock Beyond Belief

Rock Beyond Belief is proud to announce that Eugenie Scott will be speaking at our festival.

Eugenie Scott is probably most well known for being the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Eugenie Scott (NCSE), Rock Beyond Belief speakerThat organization emerged from the grass roots efforts against “equal time for creationism” legislation which sprang up in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, Eugenie has been a outspoken proponent of science and honest education.

Her organization has achieved widespread recognition and success for their illustrious efforts. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but is entirely representative of the kind of activism that Eugenie Scott has been behind for over three decades. In fact, we will be bringing Eugenie/NCSE’s ‘greatest hits‘ to you at regular intervals.

Project Steve – Have you ever been handed one of those anti-evolution pamphlets claiming that ‘hundreds of scientists say Darwin was wrong!’? I certainly have. Even more often, I have found this deceitful tactic used on message-boards and forums. Well, NCSE has been collecting a counter-list consisting solely of scientists whose first name is Steve. The Steve list is much longer than the creationist version.

NCSE’s “Project Steve” is a tongue-in-cheek parody of a long-standing creationist tradition of amassing lists of “scientists who doubt evolution” or “scientists who dissent from Darwinism.”

Creationists draw up these lists to try to convince the public that evolution is somehow being rejected by scientists, that it is a “theory in crisis.” Not everyone realizes that this claim is unfounded.

Perhaps Scott’s (and the NCSE’s) most important feat in recent memory was their participation in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case. They provided testimony that was instrumental to Judge John Jones’ ruling. He ruled against the creationist school board members who hi-jacked a district and took their religious crusade against science to the national stage. None of the creationist school board officials were re-elected.

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1:00 into that news clip makes me smile.

Keep it up, Eugenie!

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