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Eugenie Scott is retiring from the NCSE


English: Eugenie Scott, Eugenie C. Scott, Euge...

English: Eugenie Scott, Eugenie C. Scott, Eugenie Carol Scott, Genie Scott (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eugenie Scott, for more than 26 years the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, has announced her retirement by the end of 2013. I remember hearing her first interview on the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe episode no. 42, and got a big kick out of hearing about the humorous Project Steve, which of course Creationists just didn’t “get,” with the silly song by the Steves (and Stephanies) at the end of the episode based on Monty Python’s “Spam.” Scott strikes me as being a rather likeable sort, and incredibly tough too, considering her work record over the years.

She commented:

“It’s a good time to retire, with our new climate change initiative off
to a strong start and with the staff energized and excited by the new
challenges ahead, The person who replaces me will find a strong staff, a strong set of programs, and a strong board of directors.”

I’m sure that the NCSE will choose a good successor, and I hope to hear more of her Eugenie after her retirement, but she’s done good work in the fight against creationism, its offshoot intelligent design, and climate change denial too.

Good show, ‘Genie. Get a well-deserved rest, and thanks for a job well done!

Lawrence Krauss: Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse


Here, Lawrence Krauss makes a good point that just because a lot of people believe something doesn’t mean that something deserves time in the classroom, especially something as foolish as creationism. Will I offend by posting this? No doubt, but I find the teaching of religious doctrines like creationism in public school science classes to be pretty reprehensible.

Thanks to Open Parachute at Education should never validate ignorance

 

Studying more this week…


Study-time and life issues force me to slow down posting this week. I’ll try to squeeze in time for a post when I can.

Here’s the Science Guy’s take on the creationism and evolution debate that’s been floating around lately.

Troythulu’s Gnuz and Lynx Roundup for August 31st, 2012 [Updated]


Good evening. This week there’s not much that’s been going on, save more study and less internet time, so this will be a minimalist post. I’ll be posting blog stat updates for the week with this entry, the 1,833rd published thus far:

  • 1525 comments posted,
  • 173 WordPress and Email subscribers…Thank all of you for your keen-eyed peerings and steely gazes,
  • 1712 Twitter fellowers (much better than “followers”…),
  • …and 111,176 page views as of this writing.

This week on the Call was posted:

…Should I Believe?

Dr. Karen Stollznow — “Talking to Tomorrow” TAM 2012

Largest Sky Map Revealed: An Animated Flight Through The Cosmos

Fractals of the Midweek: The Machinafex

Pure Reason…

The Future of the Creationism and Evolution Controversy — Dr. Eugenie Scott TAM 2012

…and posted only hours ago,

How To Argue: A Sample Argument Evaluation

Elsewhere, there was posted,

The Threat of Monkey-Faced Jesus (It’s not what you may think.)

Bill Nye: Creationism is not Appropriate for Children

Tampa is Safe Due to Christian Prayer. God Screws New Orleans. Again.

Donations Needed to Fight Witchcraft Accusations in Africa

Hijacked, Robbed and Spit on…Again.

Gettin’ It On The One

ESP course taught kids how to cheat, parents claim

Hand of Jesus appears just in time for End Times

Well drillers still doing the water-witching thing

New so-called “based on a true story” horror movie about a demon-box hits theaters this fall

It will be a short list of uninfluential scientists: Creationists plan Creation Science Hall of Fame

Two Alien Planets with Twin Suns Like “Star Wars” Tatooine

Book Review: ‘The Scope of Skepticism’

Richard Dawkins Interviews Ted Haggard

“The Future of the Creationism and Evolution Controversy” – Dr. Eugenie Scott – TAM 2012


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