Evolution Endorsed by Steves
On February 16, 2003 a first-of-its-kind statement on evolution signed by over 200 scientists was unveiled at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual convention in Denver, CO. The statement, sponsored by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a nonprofit organization that defends the teaching of evolution in the public schools, reads:
Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry. Although there are legitimate scientific debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism of evolution. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to "intelligent design," to be introduced into the science curricula of the public schools.
The 220 signatories are a distinguished group. Almost all hold Ph.D.s in the sciences. They include two Nobel prize winners, eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, and several well-known authors of popular science books such as Why We Age, Darwin's Ghost, and How the Mind Works. And they're all named Steve. Eugenie C. Scott, the executive director of NCSE, explained the significance of the statement. "Creationists are fond of amassing lists of Ph.D.s who deny evolution to try to give the false impression that evolution is somehow on the verge of being rejected by the scientific community. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Hundreds of scientists endorsed the NCSE statement. …