This event might be of interest for some of our UK readers. Yours truly will certainly be there.
Topic: Evolution & Global Warming Denial: How the Public is Misled
Time: Thursday, September 15 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: The Walkabout Bar, 128 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 3AL (please note the change).
In the US, teachers have long been being pressured to eliminate the teaching of evolution or to teach “alternative views” – meaning creationism. Recently, they also are receiving pressure either to not teach global warming, or to teach “alternative views”, such as that global warming isn’t actually occurring, or that it is not anthropogenic. As with the arguments used by anti-evolutionists, global warming deniers propose their v…iews in the spirit of “fairness”, or of teaching students critical thinking. The rhetoric and political techniques employed by global warming deniers have remarkable parallels to those employed by anti-evolutionists.
Eugenie Scott is the executive director of the (American) “National Center for Science Education”, and has been for almost 25 years. The author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction, she is widely considered to be a leading expert on Creationism and Intelligent Design. She was an a consultant for the plaintiffs in the famous “Dover Trial”, which ruled that intelligent design “cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents” and the teaching of ID in public school biology classes is therefore unconstitutional.
Brought up a Christian Scientist, she has now describes herself as a nontheist. In 2002 she received the Public Service Award from the National Science Board for her “promotin of public understanding of the important of science, the scientific method, and science education and the role of evolution in science education”. In 2009, Eugenie was the first person to receive the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, for devoting “her life to advancing public understanding of evolution”.
Expect a review of the lecture to be forthcoming shortly following the event.