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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2011/11/04

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

The American Society of Naturalists adds its voice for evolution, and
a reminder about NCSE's Grand Canyon excursion for 2012.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NATURALISTS ADDS ITS VOICE FOR EVOLUTION

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a
statement from the American Society of Naturalists, the oldest
scientific society dedicated to the study of ecology, evolution, and
behavior.

"Evolution is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence from many
disciplines," the statement affirms, adding, "evolution is a
rigorously tested and ever-expanding body of scientific knowledge that
underlies and integrates our understanding of all areas of the
biological world -- from our cells and DNA to our lakes and forests.
As such, evolution must be an integral part of any science
curriculum." In contrast, "hypotheses concerning the existence,
actions, or methods of God or any other intelligent designer ...
should not be part of the science curriculum in public schools simply
because they cannot be empirically tested and thus they fall outside
the purview of science."

The ASN's statement is now reproduced, by permission, on NCSE's
website, and will also be contained in the fourth edition of NCSE's
Voices for Evolution.

For the ASN's statement, visit:
http://www.asnamnat.org/edevol 

For Voices for Evolution, visit:
http://ncse.com/voices 

NCSE AND THE GRAND CANYON 2012

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Seats are still available for
NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon -- as featured in the
documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From July 16 to 24, 2012, NCSE
will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand
Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Genie Scott and Steve Newton.
Because this is an NCSE trip, we offer more than just the typically
grand float down the Canyon, the spectacular scenery, fascinating
natural history, brilliant night skies, exciting rapids, delicious
meals, and good company. It is, in fact, a unique "two-model" raft
trip, on which we provide both the creationist view of the Grand
Canyon (maybe not entirely seriously) and the evolutionist view -- and
let you make up your own mind. To get a glimpse of the fun, watch the
short videos filmed during the 2011 trip, posted on NCSE's YouTube
site. The cost of the excursion is $2625; a deposit of $500 will hold
your spot. Seats are limited: call, write, or e-mail now.

For information about the trip, visit:
http://ncse.com/about/excursions/gcfaq 

For information about No Dinosaurs in Heaven, visit:
http://www.nodinos.com/ 

For NCSE's YouTube site, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/user/NatCen4ScienceEd 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website --
http://ncse.com -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution education and threats to it.

-- 
Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x305
fax: 510-601-7204
800-290-6006
branch@ncse.com 
http://ncse.com 

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