2018 Censor of the Year
As Darwin himself said, in a scientific context, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” But through intimidation and silencing of views counter to evolutionary orthodoxy, such a “fair result” is just what our Censor seeks to undermine. Thank you, readers, for your nominations. For 2018, we’ve chosen what is I think our best, or rather worst, COTY yet: the omnipresent online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Let’s review the facts briefly. Intelligent design poses an ultimate question: Does nature offer evidence of purpose and design, or not? All thoughtful people must ask themselves that. Today, the natural first recourse for the questioning individual is to turn to Google. …
2018 Censor of the Year
Every year Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture recognizes a Censor of the Year, an outstanding example of a person or institution that contributed to the pro-Darwin “consensus” through intimidation, agitation, or professional retaliation. The 2018 Winner is…
2016 Poll: Public Opinion on Scientific Dissent
2016 Poll: Public Opinion on Teaching Both Evidence For and Against Darwinism
Princeton Faculty Adopts Statement Affirming Commitment to Freedom of Expression
Because the University is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. Except insofar as limitations on that freedom are necessary to the functioning of the University, the University fully respects and supports the freedom of all members of the University community “to discuss any problem that presents itself.”
Zogby Polls on Teaching Evolution, Summary from 2001 to 2009
2009: Zogby International Poll, Likely Voters Question Which of the following two statements come closest to your own opinion? 14% | Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it. 78% | Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. 7% | Neither/Not Sure: Question Would you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that teachers and students should have the academic freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution as a scientific theory? Total Agree: 80% Total Disagree: 16% Neither/Not Sure: 4% National random sample of 1,053 American likely voters. Poll conducted by Zogby International from January 29-January 31, 2009. Margin of error is Read More ›
Zogby Poll: Most Americans Want Strengths and Weaknesses of Darwinism Taught In Schools
A Zogby poll commissioned by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute says more than three-quarters of Americans would like teachers to have the freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution, with an even higher number reported among Democrats.
On Darwin’s 200th Birthday, Zogby Poll Shows Dramatic Jump in Americans Who Favor Teaching Both Sides of Evolution
Austin, TX | A new Zogby poll on the eve of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday shows a dramatic rise in the number of Americans who agree that when biology teachers teach the scientific evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution, they also should teach the scientific evidence against it. Surprisingly, the poll also shows overwhelming support among self-identified Democrats and liberals for academic freedom to discuss the “strengths and weaknesses” evolution. Download complete poll report here Download crosstab results here Over 78% of likely voters agree with teaching both the evidence for and against Darwin’s theory, according to the poll. “This represents a dramatic 9-point jump from 2006, when only 69% of respondents in a similar poll favored teaching both sides,” said Discovery Read More ›
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Shedding the Galileo Complex
Correcting this historical picture — the Galileo story in particular — is one of the great virtues of John Lennox’s God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? The very notion of a science-religion conflict is largely the invention of a few prominent (though now discredited) 19th-century historians. Galileo’s persecution is the linchpin of this tale.Read More ›
In Zogby Poll, 69% Favor Teaching Evidence for and Against Darwin’s Theory
Seattle, WA | A new nationwide poll by Zogby International shows that 69 percent of Americans support public school teachers presenting both the evidence for Darwinian evolution, as well as the evidence against it. “This poll shows widespread support for the idea that when biology teachers teach Darwin’s theory of evolution they should present the scientific evidence that supports it as well as the evidence against it,” said Casey Luskin, program officer for public policy and legal affairs with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. By more than two to one, voters say that biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. Approximately seven in ten (69%) side with this view. In contrast, one Read More ›
Is Science Democratic?
A recent Zogby International poll found that 65 percent of Ohioans believe “Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it.” Only 19 percent favored biology teachers teaching just Darwin’s theory and only that evidence which supports it.
In Zogby Poll, 71% Say Teaching on Darwin’s Theory Should Include Counter Evidence
John Stuart Mill on Free Thought and Discussion
The First Amendment
First Amendment to the United States Constitution Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.