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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/08/21

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

The Geological Society of America reiterates its support for teaching
evolution, and new selected content from RNCSE is now available.


The Geological Society of America reiterated its support for teaching
evolution and deep time, and its opposition to teaching creationism,
in the science classroom. In a July 2009 revision of its 2001 position
statement on the teaching of evolution, the GSA wrote in part:


The Geological Society of America strongly supports teaching evolution
and the directly related concept of deep time as part of science
curricula. GSA opposes teaching creationism alongside evolution in any
science classroom. The evolution of life on Earth stands as one of the
central concepts of modern science. During the past two centuries,
research in geology, paleontology, and biology has produced an
increasingly detailed and consistent picture of how life on Earth has


The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific
society with 21,500 members in more than 90 countries. Through its
meetings, publications, and programs, GSA seeks to enhance the
professional growth of its members and promote the geosciences in the
service of humankind.

For the GSA's statement, visit: 


Selected content from volume 29, number 2, of Reports of the National
Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website.
Featured are Daryl P. Domning's "Winning Their Hearts and Minds: Who
Should Speak for Evolution?" and a response from Sheldon F. Gottlieb.
Additionally, NCSE's Anton Mates relates a controversy over a proposal
to add creationism to the science curriculum in the public schools of
Brunswick County, North Carolina. And Denis O. Lamoureux reviews Karl
Giberson's Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in
Evolution while Keith M. Parsons reviews James H. Fetzer's Render Unto
Darwin: Philosophical Aspects of the Christian Right’s Crusade Against

If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The next
issue (volume 29, number 4) focuses on "intelligent design"
creationism: Mark Perakh discusses his book Unintelligent Design,
Lawrence S. Lerner speculates on the next strategy in the offing, and
Norman Sleep and Randy Moore separately consider the influence of
William Paley on the "intelligent design" movement. And there are
reviews, too, including John Timmer's review of Explore Evolution and
Frank Steiner's review of The Cell's Design. Don't miss out --
subscribe now!

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evolution education and threats to it.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x310
fax: 510-601-7204

Eugenie C. Scott's Evolution vs. Creationism -- now in its second edition! 

Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools 

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