The Creationist Challenge to Teaching Scientific Evolution in the Schools
A panel discussion
This will be a panel discussion with audience participation to be presented
jointly by National Capital Area Skeptics and Washington Area Secular
Humanists. Here's your chance to exchange ideas on a recurring issue with
panelists representing creationists, skeptics, humanists, teachers,
political activists, and the media.
Panelists will include:
Doug Barylski, engineer and recent candidate for the Fairfax County
School Board ---
Does avoidance of creationist ideas leave students from fundamentalist families
with an incomplete understanding of issues and confusion about why an idea
taught in science class gets trashed at home and in church?
Richard Laterell, retired professor of biology ---
The ``theories'' of evolution and creationism are not equivalent
scientifically, and the bottom line is that evolution explains what we
observe; creationism does not.
Jim Giglio, former science teacher ---
How can science teachers deal with the religious controversy that
surrounds this issue?
Doug McNeil, computer engineer and political activist ---
Are creationists trying to win through the political process what they cannot
win through the scientific process?
Saturday, December 2, 2pm
7400 Arlington Road
Free admission -- Everyone Welcome
Call the NCAS Skeptic
Line at 301-587-3827 for further info.
NCAS is available on capaccess and via the WWW at the address given above.
Because of that, our own BBS server at 703-280-1446 will be discontinued
sometime in the near future.
The January meeting of NCAS is on the 27th of the month at the Bethesda
Library. On February 17th we will have a regular meeting at the Davis
instead of the NCAS weekend. Instead of the
weekend, we are planning a special all day
program for a Saturday later in the spring of 1996. Watch this space or
consult your local psychic for further developments.
NCAS Jokes of the Month
The vocabulary of Yiddish is drawn from:
- German 72%
- Hebrew 18%
- Slavic tongues 16%
- The Romance languages (Latin, French, Italian) 5.60%
- English 3.55%
The fact that these numbers add up to more than 100% demonstrates the
limitations of statistics. I know the figures are to be trusted; I
made them up myself. -- Leo Rosten, "Hooray for Yiddish"
(This is from the introduction to Flying saucers are everywhere by
Tom McHugh, a softcover book by Prometheus Books. The book
is a satirical view of UFOs throughout history.)
- A person who participates in the study of UFOs is known as a UFOlogist.
- A person who doesn't believe in UFOs is called a spy and is probably
involved in the government cover-up.
- A person who buys this book and believes everything in it is called naive.
Last Change: November 22, 1995