IT KEEPS getting better. The last time we wrote about this was when Project Steve: Total Reaches 900. That’s been surpassed.
At the website of Science News we read Darwin is the 1000th Steve. Here are some excerpts, with links from the original text and bold added by us:
Eugenie Scott is executive director of the National Center for Science Education, an organization dedicated to keeping evolution in the public schools. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, six years ago, she launched Project Steve — a tongue-in-cheek response to a list of Darwin-doubting scientists that another group had collected to challenge the authenticity of evolution. Scott’s parody project encouraged scientists named Steve (or any related name, such as Stephanie, Stephen, Stefan, Etienne or Esteban) to formally endorse evolution.
Let’s read on:
The first year there were 220 signatory scientists. A little over an hour ago, Scott — again at a AAAS annual meeting — announced to reporters that the 1000th Steve had just been added to her list. Later this evening (when his delayed flight from New Orleans finally arrives), Steven P. Darwin — yes, Darwin — of Tulane University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (and director of its Herbarium), takes the top spot.
Verily, an omen. We continue:
Approximately one percent of Americans are named Steve or some variation of that, Scott says. So the current signatories to Project Steve represent an estimated 100,000 scientists who accept evolution, she contends. And yes, this fete comes the day after Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday.
That tells you the story, but we’ll repeat here what we’ve said before:
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 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.
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