WE’VE WRITTEN before about Project Steve, the commendable effort conducted by Eugenie Scott’s National Center for Science Education. One of our earlier references to this can be found here: Discovery Institute: Full Frontal Stupidity.
We mention Project Steve (and so should you) whenever we encounter one of those creationist claims that “growing numbers” of scientists are abandoning evolution and flocking to Intelligent Design. In our earlier article we said:
Project Steve, listing over 800 “Steves,” about two-thirds of whom are biologists, who strongly support evolution. The Steves are only the tip of the scientific iceberg, because the name Steve (or Stephanie, Esteban, or Stefano, etc.) is given to only about 1% of the population. Therefore, the 800 Steves probably represent 80,000 scientists. See also Project Steve update.
Well, that’s not quite true any longer. We’ve just learned: Project Steve: n = 900. That’s right. there are now 900 Steves, statistically representing about 90,0000 scientists. That article informs us:
With the addition of Steven K. Nordeen on September 5, 2008, NCSE’s Project Steve attained its 900th signatory. A tongue-in-cheek parody of a long-standing creationist tradition of amassing lists of “scientists who doubt evolution” or “scientists who dissent from Darwinism,” Project Steve mocks such lists by restricting its signatories to scientists whose first name is Steve (or a cognate, such as Stephanie, Esteban, Istvan, Stefano, or even Tapani — the Finnish equivalent). About 1% of the United States population possesses such a first name, so each signatory represents about 100 potential signatories. (“Steve” was selected in honor of the late Stephen Jay Gould, a Supporter of NCSE and a dauntless defender of evolution education.)
So the next time some creationist claims they’ve got a “growing” list of “hundreds” of scientists who are abandoning evolution and supporting Intelligent Design, you can inform him that the sane side has more Steves than they have people. And (like Steve number 900) our guys are mostly biologists or do work in related fields — not like the dentists, philosophers, political “scientists,” and such who populate the lists of the creationists.
If there really were a scientific controversy, we would teach it.