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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NCSE's "Friend of Darwin" awards conferred at annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science!

The website of the National Center for Science Education says,

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friends of Darwin award for 2010: David Hillis, Gerald Skoog, and Ronald Wetherington, all scientists in Texas who have fought for the integrity of science education in the Lone Star State. Hillis, Skoog, and Wetherington received their awards in San Diego, on February 12, 2010, during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Scientific American's Steve Mirsky emceed the ceremony.

That's ridiculous -- the "Friend of Darwin" award is much too controversial to be conferred at a meeting of a general organization like the AAAS.

Also, there appears ot be a double standard here -- controversial people like Judge Jones and NCSE Director Eugenie Scott have received honorary degrees from universities, but the University of Vermont offered an honorary degree to Ben Stein and then withdrew the offer because he is considered to be too controversial.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

These Darwinites are so desperate now, that they are doing increasingly bizarre things. Alan Leshner, the president of the AAAS, was actually shown in a video singing Happy Birthday to old Chuck Darwin, on his 200th birthday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:14:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

I would imagine Ben Stein didn't get the degree because he is extremely intellectually dishonest - something academic institutions abhor.

There are different types of controversy - for example although Evolution is considered 'controversial' here it is extremely uncontroversial in the rationally thinking science based community and most people with a proper science education.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three problems with this guilt-by-association:

1) 'Social Darwinism' didn't get that label until well after long after Darwin was dead.

2) 'Social Darwinism' actually predates Darwin's Origin of Species

3) Darwin's own statements demonstrate an explicit rejection of 'Social Darwinism'.

Therefore this thread needs a label of 'Somebody-other-than-Darwin to Hitler'.

Get a fecking clue!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 8:21:00 AM  

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