Saturday, February 16, 2013

Today is the tenth anniversary of Project Steve

Exhibit at Creation Museum
Project Steve is a playful response to creationists amassing lists of "scientists who doubt evolution." Created by the National Center for Science Education, Project Steve is named in honor of the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould.

Signatories to Project Steve endorse a statement describing evolution as "a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences," affirming that "there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence," and characterizing the inclusion of creationism in the public schools as "scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically inappropriate."

Only scientists with PhDs (or the equivalent) who share Mr. Gould's first name — Steve, Steven, or Stephen, or cognates such as Stephanie, Stefan, Esteban, and so on — are allowed to endorse the Project Steve statement. After ten years, the official Steveometer reads 1239, and because only about 1% of the population possesses a qualifying first name, that implies that at least 123,900 scientists would agree with the statement, dwarfing any creationist list.
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