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OKEVOL-L  September 2004

OKEVOL-L September 2004

Subject:

Evolution/Creationism News Items

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"Hutchison, Victor" <[log in to unmask]>

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********Forwarded from NCSE ***************************

From Serbia it's bad news followed by good news.
 And two new reviews of
 two recent books on the creationism/evolution controversy

EVOLUTION BANNED, UNBANNED, IN SERBIA

Earlier this week, according to a Reuters report, Ljiljana Colic, the
Serbian education minister, ordered that evolution no longer be taught in
the biology course for 14-15 year-old students, and said that evolution
will not be taught in future years unless given equal time with
creationism.  Colic, an Orthodox Christian, reportedly said that
"[Darwinism] is a theory as dogmatic as the one which says God created the
first man."

A Serbian evolutionary biologist, Nikola Tucic, called the ruling a
"disaster," and asked, "Where did the minister get the idea that Darwin's
theory was dogmatic? There were attempts like this in several U.S. states,
but they were rejected. It turns out that our fundamentalists are much more
successful."  According to the article, Tucic expressed suspicion that the
move was an attempt to garner political support for Serbia's conservative
party from the church.

Now, after expressions of outrage in the Serbian press and among Serbian
academics, the decision was reversed after Colic met with Serbian Prime
Minister Vojislav Kostunica.  According to the BBC, the reversal was
announced by the deputy education minister Milan Brdar, who quipped, "I
have come here to confirm Charles Darwin is still alive."

For more information, see the BBC story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3642460.stm


MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW PRAISES SCOTT'S EVOLUTION VS. CREATIONISM

NCSE executive director Eugenie C. Scott's new book Evolution vs.
Creationism received a highly favorable review in Midwest Book Review,
which described it as "an ideal introduction to the concepts of evolution
and creationism. ..." and as "[m]ethodical, adhering to the highest
standards of academic research, and superbly organized in its presentation"
and strongly recommended it to school and community libraries.  Midwest
Book Review describes itself as "an organization of volunteers committed to
promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing."

For the complete review, see the Midwest Book Review web site:
http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ibw/sep_04.htm#science

And to purchase Evolution vs. Creationism via Amazon.com, visit:
http://tinyurl.com/25tcf

SEEBACH APPLAUDS WHY INTELLIGENT DESIGN FAILS

Writing in her syndicated column in the Rocky Mountain News on August 30,
2004, Linda Seebach comments, "many people believe evolutionary biology is
wrong, or at least incomplete. Some of them are actively seeking to replace
it in school science curriculums with what they believe, and since I think
they're wrong, I don't want them to be able to do that.  And that's why I
think it would be good if lots of people read ... Why Intelligent Design
Fails."  She especially praised Ian Musgrave's and Victor Stenger's
contribution to the volume, which also includes articles by Taner Edis,
Matt Young, Gert Korthof, David Ussery, Alan Gishlick, Niall Shanks, Istvan
Karsai, Gary Hurd, Jeffrey Shallit, Wesley Elsberry, and Mark Perakh.  NCSE
President Kevin Padian describes Why Intelligent Design Fails as "[a]
terrific book that explores, fairly and openly, whether proponents of ID
have any scientifically valid gadgets in their toolbox at all. ...
Accessibly written throughout and an invaluable aid to teachers and
scientists."

For Seebach's column, see
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_3143283,00.html

And to purchase Why Intelligent Design Fails directly from Rutgers
University Press at a 20% discount, visit:
http://press-nt.rutgers.edu/acatalog/____1147.html

As always, be sure to consult NCSE's web site:
http://www.ncseweb.org
where you can always find the latest news on evolution education and
threats to it.

Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.

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