Eugenie Scott on “Academic Freedom” Laws

This is a video of a speech by Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Her topic is: Why we still have to take creationism seriously. It’s a speech she recently gave at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism.

She spends most of her time discussing the “academic freedom” bills that have plagued state legislatures. The video is about 40 minutes long, and well worth your time.

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8 responses to “Eugenie Scott on “Academic Freedom” Laws

  1. Good video. It’s nice to get the “big picture” now and then.

  2. Ceteris Paribus

    NCSE is in the process of expanding beyond its present work of science education as it relates to evolution science vs creationism. The new addition will focus on science education as it relates to climate change vs the deniers, where the opposition comes from ideological, political, and theological frames.

    Before any of you libertarians on this list come unhinged and start raging against Scott or the NCSE, be mindful that Scott says the NCSE remains focused on the process of science education, and is not taking on the task of shaping public policy towards climate..

    A quite useful interview of Eugenie Scott on the new project is available at Massimo Pigliucci’s podcast: Rationally Speaking, episode #49 from December 4, 2011.

  3. Before any of you libertarians on this list come unhinged and start raging against Scott or the NCSE, be mindful that Scott says the NCSE remains focused on the process of science education, and is not taking on the task of shaping public policy towards climate.

    I’m libertarian, and just as much against the climate change deniers as you are.

  4. I’m glad to see NCSE taking on the new subject matter. As long as they restrict themselves to the science and stay out of the politics, I’m cool with that. I’m also glad to see Ms. Scott continuing the good fight against the creationists.

  5. @tjw that seems to be their intention, They said they are staying away from proposed solutions, because that is mostly political, and just defending the basic science behind global warming.

  6. agreed, just voicing my support for what it’s worth. however, it’s easier said than done, especially with such a contentious issue that’s of much more immediate importance than evolution vs. creationism.

  7. It’s easy to talk about the science behind global warming, and avoid the politics of the policies. There’s no reason why the former must necessarily encompass the latter.

  8. Ceteris Paribus

    NCSE appears to be going into the climate issue with clean hands. They have plenty of experience opposing creationists who keep dragging Hitler and eugenics into the science curriculum, so they should not have any problems working to keep other interest groups from dragging Al Gore into the curriculum.

    But Scott mentioned that the move would likely cost them some of their current membership. Hope NCSE gains wider and more solid support for science education than they lose by making the move.