Second Nobel Laureate signs petition (attached) to keep creationist teaching out of Scottish state schools

Second Nobel Laureate signs petition (attached) to keep creationist teaching out of Scottish state schools

[Update of last Friday’s post]

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to issue official guidance to bar the presentation in Scottish publicly funded schools of separate creation and of Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent, and deep time.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationi…

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Nobel Prize winner backs (will you back?) petition to keep Creationism out of Scottish schools

Nobel Prize winner backs (will you back?) petition to keep Creationism out of Scottish schools

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationismguidance  If you agree, please click on link to sign.

Sir Harold with models of fullerenes. The simplest, C60, is shaped like a soccer ball


Sir Harold Kroto, FRS, Hon. FRSE, Nobel Prize winner, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex and Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University,…

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Gaza: what you can do right now

Gaza: what you can do right now

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Photo: Iyad al Baba,via Oxfam

This shouldn’t be necessary, but it is:

https://donate.oxfam.org.uk/emergency/gaza?cid=rdt_gaza

Things are quiet in Gaza, at least for the moment. The Israelis have achieved their goal of destroying much of Hamas’s material base and tunnels. Hamas has achieved its goal of making the Israelis look bad, by getting large numbers of their own people killed or made…

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Against creationism in Scottish schools? Sign, support, share

Against creationism in Scottish schools? Sign, support, share

Scottish Parliament: Return to homepagehttp://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationismguidance

Creationists including Young Earth creationists have access and influence in Scottish publicly funded schools, as chaplains, chaplaincy team members, volunteer visitors, religious appointees to Local Authority Education Committees, and even as suppliers of course materials Requests to the Scottish Government for…

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The Problem with Pandas

The Problem with Pandas

Keywords: sex, violence, baby swapping, mistaken identity, DNA testing, international relations, Richard Nixon, Viagra, Sixth Mass Extinction

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Rotation of back paw allows red panda to descend head first down tree. Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Greg Hume through Wikipedia

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Names can be deceptive. The red panda and the giant panda are not two different…

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Science and the Supernatural (II); Why We Get It Wrong and Why It Matters

Science and the Supernatural (II); Why We Get It Wrong and Why It Matters

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“I have no need of that hypothesis.” So, according to legend, said the great astronomer and mathematician Piere-Simon, marquis de Laplace, when asked by Napoleon why he had not mentioned God in his book. If so, Laplace was not referring to the hypothesis that God exists, but to the much more interesting hypothesis that He intervenes in the material world. And Laplace’s point was not,…

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Christian Education Europe must be loving all this ‘persecution’

Christian Education Europe must be loving all this ‘persecution’

Originally posted on Leaving Fundamentalism:

It’s fair to say the last ten days have not been the best for Christian Education Europe. The coverage continued over the weekend, with stories from The Times, Independent (syndicated in the Times of India), Huffington Post, and Yahoo News (although most of these seemed to be largely plagiarised from the Manchester Evening News). There was local…

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Petition to Scottish Parliament; no state-funded creationist teaching. Draft text; comments requested

Petition to Scottish Parliament; no state-funded creationist teaching. Draft text; comments requested

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Dinosaur pulling cart; detail from book handed out to Scottish primary school children in a non-denominational school last September

Below, the first draft of a petition being submitted to the Scottish Parliament. For background on the petition process and the role of the faith-neutral Scottish Secular Society, petitioners, see here. For examples of some of the extraordinary events that make this…

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England bans creationist teaching. So should Scotland. Petition in preparation. More on Monday

England bans creationist teaching. So should Scotland. Petition in preparation. More on Monday

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Michael Gove, at Westminster, finally gets it

The latest guidance from England’s Department for Education requires the teaching of evolution as part of a balanced curriculum in all publicly funded schools, bars the teaching of creationism as a viable alternative in any classroom, and extends these regulations to all new and existing Free Schools and Academies. The Scottish Education Department…

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