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The creationism is still new phenomenon for Russian scientific community (and the whole society).
However we have already had one "monkey trial" in 2006 and several other attempts to include creationism into biology classes.
But today information appears that one of Russia's parlament deputee (from the Putin's party "United Russia") offered to add "religious versions of human origin" to the scientific view in the history classes.
As far as I know it is the first such attempt in Russia. Hopefully it is because our creationists realized that Russian biologists are strongly against creationism teaching.
This is a great story. The state of Kentucky hired a private company called ACT to draft standardized tests for its public school science curriculum. ACT specializes in such tests, and Kentucky hired them to ensure that their curriculum is in line with national standards. From the article:

Given that evolution is extremely well supported and provides the central organizing idea of biology, ACT's tests featured it heavily. That made a number of the state legislators rather unhappy, and gave them the chance to demonstrate that they should not be setting education policy.

Full story here
09 July 2011 @ 03:29 pm
I just wanted to ask if the community was still active?
I am devastated. I read the last book of Richard Dawkins and I didn't expect so many people (in a poll at the end of the book) believed that humans and dinosaurs lived on earth at the same time D:
10 January 2011 @ 11:37 pm
I wonder how long until cockroaches can make nuclear weapons so they can annihilate the entire human race and everything else, so that they will become the king of the world!
13 November 2010 @ 10:24 pm
Many of you will remember that the state of Louisiana passed a law in 2008 that opens the door to teaching Creationism in biology classrooms. Or, in the words of the Louisiana Science Education Act, it instructs teachers to promote “"critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” (I'm dying to know if anyone out there studied human cloning in high school biology; I don't think it ever came up in the two years of honors and Advanced Placement biology I took.)

The issue is currently heating up, as members of the Christian Louisiana Family Forum, associated with the national organization Focus on the Family, are interfering with biology textbook selection. Basically, they're complaining that the books give appropriate coverage to evolution, without injecting any Intelligent Design or Creationism. The crazy thing is that they might actually have a case. I vehemently oppose teaching ID/Creationism in biology classes, but state law could be interpreted as requiring "balanced" coverage. Anyway, here are three rather brief stories that provide more background:

- Textbooks Under Siege in Louisiana from the always excellent National Center for Science Education
- Louisiana Citizens Horrified that there’s Evolution in Science Books
- La. Panel Recommends New Biology Textbooks—apparently the scientifically accurate textbooks were approved, but I suspect this story isn't over just yet.
26 October 2010 @ 06:29 pm
Dispatches from the Evolution Wars: Shifting Tactics and Expanding Battlefields

"Dispatches from the Evolution Wars: Shifting Tactics and Expanding Battlefields," a review article by NCSE's Glenn Branch, Eugenie C. Scott, and Joshua Rosenau, was published in Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics (2010; 11: 317-338). The abstract:

Creationism continues to present a challenge to the teaching of evolution in the United States. With attempts to ban evolution education and to "balance" the teaching of evolution with creationism unavailing, creationists are increasingly favoring the approach of misrepresenting evolution as scientifically controversial. To understand the ongoing challenges facing evolution education in the United States, it is necessary to appreciate creationist actions at the different levels of educational governance — state legislatures, state boards of education, local boards of education, and finally the individual classroom — that serve as the battlegrounds for the evolution education wars. Scientists are in a unique position to defend the teaching of evolution, both by resisting creationist incursions as they occur and by helping to improve the teaching of evolution at both the precollege and college levels.
19 September 2010 @ 02:17 pm
Southern Queensland University are hosting a creationist event in November this year


Please feel free to visit their site and write/email them
17 September 2010 @ 09:47 pm
Disturbing Images Warning!

Yes, Ben Stein's weird Obama rant is, well, awful (and wrong in so many places it's hard to count) but I brought the subject HERE to ask --

Can anyone give me some obvious problems presented in HIS MOVIE ABOUT EVOLUTION?
(Or links to said?)

I have to ask here because, well, I didn't watch the movie. (I didn't feel like throwing up on people.)

05 April 2010 @ 08:16 pm
Help! My uncle sent me this AWFUL chain letter about how Ben Stein used his great brain to figure out that Obama is Anti-white and Anti-American.

ewww! here is the link: http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/we-figured-him-out-by-ben-stein/blog-278993/

So -- *I* want to reply how Smart Ben Stein is not. I *KNOW* his "ID" movie was awful, but since I didn't watch it, I can't say how. I KNOW there was some discussion here about it, but I'm kind of in a hurry. Can anyone here just list a few reasons (or point me to some links) that give a good example about how this guy is not just the sharpest tool in the shed? (My uncle is NOT a creationst, btw.)

03 March 2010 @ 11:48 pm
From the NYTimes:

Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.

In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”
[Article continues here. ]

Wow. Just beyond words. First of all, none of those four items - evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning - are even remotely equivalent in terms of how they function in science:

My rant/analysis.Collapse )

I am deeply saddened by the fact that politicians are writing legislation regulating things that they clearly don't understand on even the most basic level.

Second of all, that is just like our political process, to try to tie two unrelated things together (say, Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal with the Defense Appropriation Bill) in order to get something passed on something other than its own merits (not that I am in favor of DADT - just an example).

The ID proponents have failed to get equal time for their non-scientific theory, so now they are trying to equivocate evolution with global warming in an attempt to confuse the issue.
14 January 2010 @ 02:34 pm
Index of Creationist claims is now available, only .99!

09 January 2010 @ 05:16 pm
What Came First in the Origin of Life? New Study Contradicts the 'Metabolism First' Hypothesis
"ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2010) — A new study published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences rejects the theory that the origin of life stems from a system of self-catalytic molecules capable of experiencing Darwinian evolution without the need of RNA or DNA and their replication."

30,000-Year-Old Child's Teeth Shed New Light on Human Evolution
"ScienceDaily (Jan. 8, 2010) — The teeth of a 30,000-year-old child are shedding new light on the evolution of modern humans, thanks to research from the University of Bristol published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

Fossil Footprints Give Land Vertebrates a Much Longer History
"ScienceDaily (Jan. 8, 2010) — The discovery of fossil footprints from early backboned land animals in Poland leads to the sensational conclusion that our ancestors left the water at least 18 million years earlier than previously thought."

How Earth Survived Its Birth: New Simulation Reveals Planet Migration Prevents Plunge Into Sun
"ScienceDaily (Jan. 8, 2010) — For the last 20 years, the best models of planet formation -- or how planets grow from dust in a gas disk -- have contradicted the very existence of Earth. These models assumed locally constant temperatures within a disk, and the planets plunge into the Sun. Now, new simulations from researchers at the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Cambridge show that variations in temperature can lead to regions of outward and inward migration that safely trap planets on orbits."

New Evidence Of Culture In Wild Chimpanzees
"ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2010) — A new study of chimpanzees living in the wild adds to evidence that our closest primate relatives have cultural differences, too. The study, reported online on October 22nd in Current Biology, shows that neighboring chimpanzee populations in Uganda use different tools to solve a novel problem: extracting honey trapped within a fallen log."
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