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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2014/09/05

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon. Sad news of the death of
Victor J. Stenger. And a glimpse of How to Change Minds about Our
Changing Climate.


Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available
for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon -- as featured in the
documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From July 2 to July 10, 2015, NCSE
will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand
Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau.
Because this is an NCSE trip, we offer more than just the typically
grand float down the Canyon, the spectacular scenery, fascinating
natural history, brilliant night skies, exciting rapids, delicious
meals, and good company. It is, in fact, a unique "two-model" raft
trip, on which we provide both the creationist view of the Grand
Canyon (maybe not entirely seriously) and the evolutionist view -- and
let you make up your own mind. To get a glimpse of the fun, watch the
short videos filmed in 2011, posted on NCSE's YouTube channel, and
explore photographs by last year's rafters in the 2014 expedition's
Flickr group. The cost of the excursion is $2760; a deposit of $500
will hold your spot. Seats are limited: call, write, or e-mail now.

For information about the excursion, visit: 

For information about No Dinosaurs in Heaven, visit: 

For the videos and photographs, visit: 


The physicist and popular science writer Victor J. Stenger died on
August 27, 2014, at the age of 79, according to the Friendly Atheist
blog (August 29, 2014). Toward the end of his long career as a
research scientist, Stenger began devoting his efforts toward popular
writing. He continued explaining physics and arguing for atheism long
after retiring from his academic career. Among his works (all
published by Prometheus Books) were Not by Design (1988), Physics and
Psychics (1990), The Unconscious Quantum (1995), Timeless Reality
(2000), Has Science Found God?(2003), The Comprehensible Cosmos
(2006), God: The Failed Hypothesis (2007),Quantum Gods (2009), The New
Atheism (2009), The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning (2011),God and the Folly of
Faith (2012), and God and the Atom (2013). A final book, God and the
Multiverse, is forthcoming in 2014.

Stenger was a consistent and vehement opponent of creationism in all
of its forms. In his "Physics, Cosmology, and the New Creationism,"
his contribution to Andrew J. Petto and Laurie R. Godfrey's Scientists
Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond (2007), for
example, he contended, "Modern variations of the ancient argument from
design form the basis of the new creationism -- so-called 'intelligent
design' theory. These arguments amount to nothing really new and are
just restatements -- in ostensibly more sophisticated language of the
common-sense view -- that the universe and life appear to be too
complex to have happened without supernatural intervention. However,
the new creationism *poses* as science. Despite their pretense of
scientific legitimacy, several of the claims of this new 'science' are
provably wrong" (emphasis in original).

Stenger was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on January 29, 1935. He
received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Newark College of
Engineering in 1956, followed by a M.S. in 1958 and a Ph.D. in physics
in 1963 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a
member of the Department of Physics at the University of Hawaii from
1963 to 2000, with stints visiting at the University of Heidelberg,
Oxford University, and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in
Italy. After he retired from the University of Hawaii, he was adjunct
professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. A Fellow of the
Center for Inquiry and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, he served
as president of the Hawaii Humanists from 1990 to 1994 (and was named
the Hawaii Humanist of the Year in 1992) and as president of Colorado
Citizens for Science from 2002 to 2006.

For the obituary at The Friendly Atheist blog, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Seth B. Darling and Douglas
L. Sisterson's How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate (The
Experiment, 2014). The preview consists of chapter 9, "Climate is too
complex to model or predict," in which Darling and Sisterson discuss
"the ways in which climate models have gotten things right, and ways
in which they've gotten it wrong in precisely the opposite ways
claimed by the skeptics."

How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate is, according to its
publisher, "[t]he essential climate-debate handbook -- everything you
need to know about climate science to change minds." Elizabeth
Kolbert, the author of The Sixth Extinction, writes, "Everyone --
including climate skeptics! -- ought to read this book. With wit and
verve, it explains why every arguments in the climate skeptics'
handbook is -- to put it politely -- wrong."

For the preview of How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate (PDF), visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Robert Luhn reporting on his informal survey of climate education
among ecologists: 

* Glenn Branch discussing the definition of "hypothesis": 

* Stephanie Keep explaining why peppered moths remain a good example
of natural selection: 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x303
fax: 510-601-7204

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