Public Science Lectures

Scott 2014

When & Where

Thursday, February 9th
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Tyler Junior College, Center for Earth and Space Science Education, Planetarium
1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701

Title: "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in Light of Evolution” - True or False?

and

Friday, February 10th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UT Tyler University Theater
3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75799

Title: What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists?

There will be a reception and book signing in front of the theater, before her address, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

Open to the public!
Free of charge!









Dr. Eugenie Scott
Founding Director, National Center for Science Education

Dr. Scott is a physical anthropologist and the founding Director of the National Center for Science Education. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years, tackling educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues. She has received national recognition for her activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. Among her most notable recent honors: the Public Service Medal (National Academy of Sciences), the Fellows Medal (California Academy of Sciences), the first Stephen Jay Gould Prize (Society for the Study of Evolution), and inclusion in the Scientific American 10 (which also includes Barack Obama and Bill Gates.) Dr. Scott holds nine honorary degrees. Scott is the author of Evolution vs. Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of "Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools."

Two public science lectures:

(1) Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Title: “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in Light of Evolution” - True or False?

Location: Tyler Junior College, Center for Earth and Space Science Education, Planetarium, 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701

Abstract:

Famed geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote in 1973, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”, a phrase which has become an aphorism among scientists. But is it really true? The answer depends on your understanding of “making sense”.

(2) Friday, February 10th, 2017

Title: What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists?

Location: University of Texas at Tyler University Theater, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX  75799

Abstract:

Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young-Earth creationism, on the other hand, would be puzzling to him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had its adherents among some clergy. Darwin might have heard of the “scriptural geologists” who promoted a young-Earth view during the 19th century, but like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them. The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time.


There will be a reception and book signing in front of the theater, before her address, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Free food!

Her book is called, Evolution vs. Creationism, an Introduction (2nd Edition), and it will be available for sale during the reception/book signing.

All events are open to the public and free of charge!


Websites:

Wikipedia

National Center for Science Education

Dr. Scott’s book, Evolution vs. Creationism: an Introduction (2nd Edition)