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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…

Discovery Institute’s Science Education Policy
As a matter of public policy, Discovery Institute opposes any effort to require the teaching of intelligent design by school districts or state boards of education. Attempts to require teaching about intelligent design only politicize the theory and will hinder fair and open discussion of the merits of the theory among scholars and within the scientific community. Read More ›

2016 Poll: Public Opinion on Scientific Dissent
As Americans celebrate their country’s freedom this holiday weekend, a new nationwide survey has been released revealing that an overwhelming 93% of American adults agree that “teachers and students should have the academic freedom to objectively discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution.” And 88% agree that “scientists who raise scientific criticisms of evolution should have the freedom to make their arguments without being subjected to censorship or discrimination.” Read More ›

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 ›

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
This documentary brought the issue of academic freedom to the limelight, showcasing examples of campus censorship of professors and students guilty of being interested in an alternative explanation of life called Intelligent Design. Read More ›

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

More than seven in ten (71%) respondents believe Darwin’s theory of evolution should be taught, but such instruction should include evidence against the theory. Fourteen percent are not sure. Those who feel that the scientific evidence that goes against Darwin’s theory should be taught include 78% each of Republicans, residents of the West, and parents of children under 17. Most 18-29 year-olds (80%) also agree that teachers should include the evidence against it. Read More ›

John Stuart Mill on Free Thought and Discussion
John Stuart Mill, the famed utilitarian, was one of the most compelling statesman for the necessity of freedom of inquiry and of speech in pursuit of truth. As a subset of the human pursuit of scientia, the sciences must likewise be free. Read More ›

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.