The Carnival of Evolution for March is up at Genome Engineering! No posts by me (because I’m lazy/I forgot/I secretly hate evolutionary biology, but make sure you check out some great posts on breaking Dollo’s Law, the evolution of lizard colouration, an animal phylum’s possible loss of their anuses and disgusting worm sex. Then again, just check them all out! Do it!
The next Carnival of Evolution (for April) will be at… actually, there isn’t a host [...]
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Wow. Zack Kopplin is my hero: he is a high school student (!) rallying the troops to help repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which was passed in 2008. The act allows for creationist or anti-evolution teachers to bring “supplementary materials” into class that could undermine the proper teaching of evolutionary biology, effectively allowing creationism to enter the classrooms of Louisiana.
Zack and his cause recently received coverage from Michael Zimmerman at the Huffington Post:
Zack doesn’t consider himself to be brave. Rather he [...]
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A new study in Science has revealed some shocking statistics around the teaching of evolution in US high schools. Michael B. Berkman and Eric Plutzer analysed data from the National Survey of High School Biology and found that only 28% of US high school biology teachers present evolutionary theory properly in the classroom, along the lines of the recommendations of the National Research Council, while 13% explicitly endorse creationism or intelligent design, leaving a whopping 60% of teachers in the middle, endorsing neither evolution nor creationism.
This 60% shouldn’t be [...]
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Most people don’t have journal access, so it’s always wonderful when academic papers are made available for free online – it’s even better when the papers are related to ID and evolution! The latest edition of Synthese, a philosophy journal, has a theme, and that theme is “Evolution and its rivals” (in other words: “Intelligent design and why it’s wrong – philosophers of science give their perspective”). The edition’s ten papers are free to download until the 31st of December, but don’t be lazy and miss out!
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Another Carnival of Evolution is out, this time at This Scientific Life, one of the blogs of Bob O’Hara (the CoE author) and Grrlscientist (not the CoE author). I actually got a post into this edition, having remembered to send one as soon as the last one was posted – but don’t worry about my submission, go read the submissions of others, that’s what’s important!
The next CoE is at The Dispersal of Darwin, on the 1st of [...]
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Martin Pribble, on his blog Martin S Pribble (which used to be called Atheist Climber), has been conducting series of written interviews with “people who are prominent in the worlds of atheism, science, skepticism and rational thought”, collectively entitled the Prominent People Project. His latest interview is with Eugenie Scott, the director of the US’s National Center for Science Education and tireless campaigner for creationism-less science education in public schools.
While Martin was preparing for the interview he asked if [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution is a monthly blog carnival about, well, evolutionary biology, and its 28th incarnation is out at the Carnival of Evolution blog (blog carnivals are usually hosted on a different blog every week, but for some reason the CoE’s home blog was chosen this time around – not that it really matters anyway, it’s all about the content).
It has a feature on Sandwalk, which you should probably follow if you like blogs about evolution and religion written by biochemistry professors, [...]
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Yesterday I briefly mentioned (in the “Rapid fire ID news” segment) a post by “niwrad” on Uncommon Descent about the apparent dissimilarities between the human and chimpanzee genomes. I was wary about commenting on it, since I have little statistical training and didn’t want to make a fool of myself more than I usually do, but a post by Joe Fenselstein over on The Panda’s Thumb about the analysis “niwrad” conducted has given me the confidence (read: basic understanding) to address its very [...]
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The NCSE‘s Eugenie Scott is one of my personal scientific heroes: she’s been fighting in all the tough battles over evolution education in high schools in the US in recent years. It’s a bit of an understatement then to say that she’s knows what she’s talking about when it comes to science communication, so any advice from Eugenie in that area should be listened to and implemented as soon as possible.
This video of a talk by Eugenie Scott was recently posted by the NCSE, and it’s a [...]
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