Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Print Edition Contents: 27 (5-6)


  1. Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
    Glenn Branch
    Most (but not all) PBS stations air a two-hour documentary on Kitzmiller v Dover and the aftermath.
  2. A Victory over “Intelligent Design” in Oklahoma
    Daniel Dickson-LaPrade
    William Dembski came to Oklahoma, but the audience was not impressed.
  3. “Intelligent Design” Reflects Human Ignorance
    Phillip E Klebba
    Things often seem “irreducibly complex” when we do not know the answers — yet!
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Vitter Earmark
    Glenn Branch
    A Louisiana senator attempts to use “earmarking” to provide financial support for creationism.
  5. The History of Life as a Walk in the Park
    Andrew J Petto
    A Wisconsin artist teams up with school children to promote evolution through the arts.
  6. Creationism in the Russian Educational Landscape
    Inga Levit, Uwe Hoßfeld, Lennart Olsson
    A student sues her school district for “alternatives”; various factions promote creationism in the schools.
  7. Political Science: Presidential Candidates’ Views
    Andrew J Petto
    The journal Science reports about positions on science and technology issues in the presidential campaign.
  8. The Answers in Genesis Schism: No Resolution in Sight
    Andrew J Petto
    CMI fires a new volley in the ongoing dispute.
  9. Updates
    News from California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Europe, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.


  1. News from the Membership
    What our members are doing to support evolution and oppose pseudoscience wherever the need arises.


  1. How to Talk to the TV Media
    Martha Heil
    Most Americans get their news from TV — a medium suited to very short stories.
  2. Books: Teaching and Learning About Evolution Books for young and old, neophytes and old hands.
  3. NCSE On the Road
    Check the calendar here for NCSE speakers.


  1. Polls Apart on Human Origins
    George Bishop
    You may have suspected that the answers to those creation/evolution polls are skewed by the way that pollsters phrase their questions. George Bishop documents the effects.
  2. In Praise of the Bravery of Biology Teachers
    Frans de Waal
    When asked by Time magazine to name a person of the year, de Waal cited biology teachers who resist public pressure to water down evolution in the curriculum.
  3. Gravity: It’s Only a Theory
    Ellery Schempp
    What would happen if every scientific theory were subject to textbook disclaimers?


  1. Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are by Frans de Waal
    Reviewed by Anne D Holden
  2. Just a Theory: Exploring the Nature of Science by Moti Ben-Ari
    Reviewed by Michael Zimmerman
  3. Intelligent Design and Fundamentalist Opposition to Evolution by Angus M Gunn
    Reviewed by Charles A Israel
  4. Evolution versus Intelligent Design: Why All the Fuss? by Peter Cook
    Reviewed by Matt Young
  5. Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story, Book Three by Jennifer Morgan
    Reviewed by Lisa M Blank
  6. A Jealous God: Science’s Crusade Against Religion by Pamela Winnick
    Reviewed by Jeffrey Shallit
  7. Dinosaurs: The Most Complete Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages by Thomas R Holtz Jr
    Reviewed by Randall B Irmis
  8. The Voyage of the Beetle: A Journey Around the World with Charles Darwin and the Search for the Solution to the Mystery of Mysteries, as Narrated by Rosie, an Articulate Beetle by Anne H Weaver
    Reviewed by Jason R Wiles
  9. God and Evolution: A Reader edited by Mary Kathleen Cunningham
    Reviewed by James F McGrath
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