Friday, December 05, 2008


99% Ape

This looks good:

99% Ape: How evolution adds up, is a new book from the Natural History Museum published last week.

The book introduces the topic of evolution, and leading experts at The Open University explain this fundamental yet often complex subject, guiding the reader through the latest evidence.

Charles Darwin was mocked for suggesting that humans have apes for ancestors, but every scientific advance in the study of life in the last 150 years has confirmed the reality of evolution.

Read the latest research about how new species evolve, uncover the flaws in 'intelligent design', find out what evolution has to say about psychology, the development of the human mind and morality, and how we are still evolving, in this new book.

With colour illustrations and clear diagrams throughout, 99% Ape: How Evolution Adds Up is the ideal introduction to this fascinating subject.


99% Ape coincides with the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species in 2009.

A national programme of events that celebrates Charles Darwin's ideas and their impact, is taking place in the UK as part of Darwin200.

As does this:

February 12th-15th, 2009 participating bloggers around the world will be celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12th, 1809) with a BLOG SWARM, in which their posts will be aggregated on BLOG FOR DARWIN to be kept as a resource for educators, students, and others.

Hat tip: Michael Barton.

But this doesn't:

Academic Freedom on Evolution Student Video and Essay Contest

... The contest seeks the best student-created videos and essays that communicate support for academic freedom to explore the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution (for example, an entry might defend the right of teachers to present scientific evidence that challenges Darwinian evolution, or the right of scientists to conduct research about the theory of intelligent design).

Funny, I didn't know anyone was denying any scientists the right to conduct research on ID. After all, hasn't the Discovery Institute been boasting about all the research (super-secret, of course) that they've been doing?

But they're really pulling out all the stops for this:

The grand-prize winner will be awarded $500, and one essay runner-up and one video runner-up will receive $250. Up to 10 finalists will receive their choice of a free book or DVD.

Sort of goes right along with the cheap tuxedo, doesn't it?

I guess the intellectual wizards at the Discovery Institute have run out of hypotheses to test, so now they're hoping some students will pick up their slack for them.
Heh. Since they kept trying to justify getting ID into high schools on the grounds that the courts shouldn't stiffle research into ID, it's obvious that they are expecting students to lead the way.
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