Description: What can citizens like you do to respond when science education comes under attack? How can you and other concerned citizens organize to fight back? What can you do to prevent attacks on science education in your community?
When Tennessee's legislature debated a "Monkey Bill" in 2012, NCSE joined with concerned citizens to protect science classes. The bill's text singles out evolution and climate change, as if those topics were scientifically controversial, and it blocks school administrators from maintaining a consistent curriculum. It opens the door for creationist parents or students to disrupt classrooms, or for teachers who deny the basic science of climate change to present pseudoscience.
A new on-line, open-access, peer-reviewed
journal with the ungainly
name BIO-Complexity (ISSN 2151-
7444) was announced on April 30,
2010, by its publisher, the Biologic
Institute. According to its statement
of purpose and scope, BIO-Complexity
“aims to be the leading
forum for testing the scientific
merit of the claim that intelligent
design (ID) is a credible explanation
for life.” The journal hopes to
publish “studies in all areas of science
with clear relevance to its aim,
including work focusing on the relative
About the Author(s):
Glenn Branch is NCSE's Deputy
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry
After reading Fazale Rana's The Cell's Design, the sequel to Origins of Life (Rana and Ross 2004; reviewed in RNCSE 2007 May–Aug; 27 [3–4]: 45–8), I was reminded of John Conlee's 1979 lyrics, "These rose colored glasses, that I'm looking through / Show only the beauty, 'cause they hide all the truth." This country music classic sums up Rana's book, which starts with the foregone conclusion that the cell is designed, by explaining the principles (with reference to Dembski and Behe) of "intelligent design" (in chapter 1).
Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Books, 2008. 332 pages.
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Mark Perakh was born in 1924 in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1941 he volunteered to fight the German invasion of the USSR. Later he studied at the Odessa Institute of Technology, earning a Diploma in Engineering Physics, and later an equivalent of a PhD degree from the Odessa Polytechnic Institute. In the 1950s he was arrested by the KGB on the charge of engaging in "anti-Soviet propaganda" and spent several years in a Siberian prison camp. Subsequently, he conducted research and taught physics in several universities in the USSR.