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“Science Denialism” with Dr. Eugenie Scott set for 7 p.m., Wed., Mar. 12 as part of MSRI/BCC lecture series

6 March 2014

Dr_Eugenie Scott“Science Denialism,” with Dr. Eugenie Scott will be presented  as part of “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics,” a continuing six-part lecture series co-presented by UC Berkeley’s Mathematical Science and Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College (BCC).  The event is set for 7 p.m., Wed., Mar. 12, in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St., in Berkeley.  It is free and open to the public.  To get your free tickets for the event, go to http://eugeniescott.bpt.me/.  Read more about the event at http://www.msri.org/general_events/20267.

Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science.  There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views.  The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled,” or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims.  The presentation will explore and expand on these issues.  

Dr. Scott is executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not-for-profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change.  She is an internationally-known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy, and is called upon by the press and other media to explain science to the general public.  The author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and co-editor with Glenn Branch of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools, she is the recipient of numerous awards from scientists and educators.

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