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Creation and Evolution

A session at CSICON

Friday 28th October, 2011

4:15pm to 5:45pm (CST)

David Thomas: Something Rotten In Denmark: How Hamlet's “Weasel” Reveals The Vacuousness Of Intelligent Design

Thomas will discuss the “War of the Weasels,” in which the creationist assault on evolutionary approaches to computing (“genetic algorithms”) was proven to be completely without merit in a public competition. He will also talk about recent efforts to pass creationism-friendly legislation in New Mexico.

Eugenie C. Scott: Creationism And Evolution: News From The Front

The creationism and evolution controversy continues almost unabated by the legal setbacks suffered both by the creation science and intelligent design movements. Although legal decisions have prevented de jure teaching of creationism, de facto teaching of creationism continues as teachers are reluctant to teach evolution without “balance,” and because recent creationist strategies attempting to avoid Establishment Clause constraints have not yet been tested in the courts.

Barbara Forrest: Back To The Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act Of 2008

The Louisiana Science Education Act that was passed in 2008 is the product of an alliance between the Discovery Institute, a creationist think tank in Seattle, and the Louisiana Family Forum, the Louisiana arm of Focus on the Family. Governor Bobby Jindal, a close ally of the Louisiana Family Forum, served as the lynchpin of the LFF's plan to promote a version of the Discovery Institute's model legislative statute on “academic freedom.” This model bill is really a creationist Trojan horse, and it is now the law in Louisiana.

About the speakers

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Eugenie Scott

Executive Director of National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

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Barbara Forrest

Coauthor with Paul Gross of Creationism’s Trojan Horse

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Dave Thomas

Physicist and mathematician, president of New Mexicans for Science and Reason and a CSI fellow

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Time 4:15pm5:45pm CST

Date Fri 28th October 2011

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  • Evolution vs. Creationism
  • Creationism's Trojan Horse
  • Not in Our Classrooms

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