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  • Popplestone, Ann
    From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:steven.edinger.1@ohio.edu] Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 4:56 AM To: Science Education Subject: [ncse-news] Evolution education
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      From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:steven.edinger.1@...]
      Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 4:56 AM
      To: Science Education
      Subject: [ncse-news] Evolution education update: MT, Gee on ID, and
      Scott's book

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      Dear Friends of NCSE,

      Darby again; lessons about "intelligent design" from the lamprey; and
      the
      debut of Eugenie C. Scott's book on Amazon.com.

      MONTANA

      More news from Darby, the little Montana town with the big debate over
      evolution education. On July 5, 2004, the Darby school board held the
      second reading of the proposed "objective origins" policy, which sought
      to
      expose students to "a qualified and responsible criticism of Darwinian
      evolution." The board, which had approved the policy at its first
      reading
      in February by a 3-2 vote, rejected it by a 3-2 vote. Board member Mary
      Lovejoy commented, "Today the community is beaming with relief." The
      board's volte-face was due to the results of the May 4 election, in
      which
      one incumbent who favored the policy was defeated while another
      incumbent
      who opposed it was re-elected, despite the fact that proponents of the
      policy spent about twice as much money on campaigning.

      For coverage in the Ravalli Republic, see:
      http://www.ravallinews.com/articles/2004/07/08/news/znews02.txt

      GEE ON "INTELLIGENT DESIGN"

      Writing in the latest issue of Nature, Henry Gee contemplates "The
      tyranny
      of design." The recent discovery of the lamprey's evolutionarily
      distinct
      adaptive immune system, Gee suggests, corroborates a diagnosis of
      "intelligent design" as driven by a misguided concentration on model
      organisms and structures. "[A] wide variety of flagellar motors have
      been
      described, each arranged in its own way, each its own solution to
      effective
      rotary motion in the microworld. There is no such thing as The Motor, no
      Platonic perfection enforced on bacteria by Divine fiat. Instead we see
      ad
      hoc solutions that are not perfect, but idiosyncratic and eclectic --
      just
      what you would expect if evolution were working on its own, without a
      Designer."

      For the full article in Nature, see:
      http://www.nature.com/news/2004/040705/full/040705-1.html

      EVOLUTION VS. CREATIONISM: AN INTRODUCTION

      NCSE Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott's Evolution vs. Creationism: An
      Introduction is now available. In his preface, paleontologist and NCSE
      supporter Niles Eldredge writes, "Perhaps someday schools in the United
      States will catch up to those in other developed countries and treat
      evolution as a normal scientific subject. Before that happens, though,
      people need to understand evolution, and also understand the creationism
      and evolution controversy. Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction is
      a
      step towards this goal."

      To order the book via Amazon.com, visit:
      http://tinyurl.com/25tcf

      As always, be sure to consult NCSE's web site:
      http://www.ncseweb.org
      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@...
      http://www.ncseweb.org

      Eugenie C. Scott's Evolution vs. Creationism is now available:
      http://tinyurl.com/25tcf




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