Friday 28th October, 2011
4:15pm to 5:45pm
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.
Physicist and mathematician, president of New Mexicans for Science and Reason and a CSI fellow
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